16 September 2013

Adolf Hitler Visiting His Adjutant Heinrich Borgmann

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Date: Tuesday, 1 August 1944
Place: Karlshof hospital, Rastenburg, Ostpreußen/East Prussia
Photographer: Unknown

Adolf Hitler at the bedside of Oberstleutnant i.G. (im Generalstab) Heinrich Borgmann (5 August 1912 - 5 April 1945), his Army adjutant. He was severely injured during the asassination attempt on Hitler on 20 July 1944 (known under the name Operation Valkyrie), but then recovered. He died on 5th April 1945 in Magdeburg hospital of his wounds inflicted during a dive bomber attack. Borgmann is the recipient of the coveted Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes #141 (as Oberleutnant and Chef 9.Kompanie / Infanterie-Regiment 46 / 30.Infanterie-Division / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe B) and Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes #71 (as Hauptmann and Kommandeur III.Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment 46 / 30.Infanterie-Division / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord). On 20 July 1944 he was standing at the end of the conference table close to von Stauffenberg's briefcase bomb. Generalmajor Rudolf Schmundt and Oberstleutnant Heinz Brandt who were standing to his left and stenographer Heinich Berger to his right were all killed by the explosion, but Borgmann survived with serious injuries. After recovering he was posted to an infantry division as an Oberst.

Fotos aus dem Führerhauptquartier - Hermann Historica München 

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