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Alexander Löhr

Given NameAlexander
Born20 May 1885
Died26 Feb 1947
CountryGermany, Austria


ww2dbaseAlexander Löhr was born in Romania, to a German father and a Russian mother. During WW1, he served as a platoon commander in a pioneer battalion of Austro-Hungarian 85th Infantry Regiment. After the split of Austria-Hungary, he remained in the army of Austria, from the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1921 to the commander of the Austrian Air Force in 1938. Upon the German annexation of Austria, he retained control of the Austrian Air Force, albeit now a part of the German Luftwaffe; he was given the rank of lieutenant general in the Luftwaffe to serve in this role. Between May 1939 and Jun 1942, he was the commanding officer of Luftflotte 4 (Air Fleet 4), during which time Luftflotte 4 conducted the bombing of Warsaw, Poland in Sep 1939 and Belgrade, Yugoslavia in Apr 1941. Between Jul and Dec 1942, he commanded German 12th Army. On 1 Jan 1943, he was made the Commander-in-Chief of the South East, in which role he oversaw the Dodecanese Campaign. He remained in Southeastern Europe through the end of the war, surrendering to Yugoslavian partisans at Topolsica in the Slovenia region of Yugoslavia on 9 May 1945. He was tried in Yugoslavia starting on 15 May 1945; found guilty for the bombing of civilians of Belgrade, he was executed by firing squad on 26 Feb 1947.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Dec 2013

Alexander Löhr Timeline

20 May 1885 
12 Apr 1941 
23 Apr 1941 
3 May 1941 
8 Aug 1941 
11 Oct 1941 
12 Oct 1941 
19 May 1942 
20 May 1942 
30 May 1942 
2 Jul 1942 
1 Jan 1943 
26 Jun 1944 
19 Jan 1945 
9 May 1945 
15 May 1945 
26 Feb 1947 


Portrait of Alexander Löhr, mid 1939Portrait of Alexander Löhr, Oct-Nov 1939

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Portrait of Alexander Löhr, mid 1939Portrait of Alexander Löhr, Oct-Nov 1939

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