1915: Leutnant d.R.
1935: Oberleutnant d.R.
Barnbeck joined the 1st / Railway Battalion 4 in Berlin-Schöneberg in 1913 as a one-year volunteer. He was later transferred to Railway Battalion 25 and took to the field with it in 1914. In 1918 he began a company commanding course in Army Department C at the company commanding school in Briey; after completing his training, he was given the task of commanding the 9th Company. Discharged from the army in 1918 as a result of demobilization.
1936 as first lieutenant d. R. in I.R. 58 employed.
On May 13, 1937, he took over the regiment's 14th anti-tank company while being appointed active captain.
1939 Commander of the I. / I.R. 167. Used in the French campaign, he was seriously wounded there on June 9th, 1940 near Givry on the Aisne, by a shot in the stomach and a bullet in the spine, he was taken prisoner by the French and was liberated in 1940 by German troops.
In 1940 he took over command of the III. / I.R. 194 and draws with this against Russia.
In 1942 he becomes commander of the I.R. 211, takes part in the fighting for Stalingrad. His regiment fought excellently and so he received the Knight's Cross on October 29, 1942.
1943 with the command of the I.R. 883 commissioned to lead him to the Wildflecken military training area, then commander of the G.R. 211.
In 1944 he took part in the 9th division leader course in Hirschberg / Silesia and was transferred to Army Group D as a division leader from June 8, 1944.
Hermann Barnbeck died on October 25, 1944 in the Minden hospital on site.
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