- Date of birth:
- July 17th, 1907 (Berlin-Charlottenburg/Brandenburg, Germany)
- Date of death:
- March 26th, 1996 (Odenthal/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
- German (1933-1945, German Reich)
April 1st, 1934: Leutnant (Polizei);
October 1st, 1935: Oberleutnant (Polizei);
January 1st, 1940: Hauptmann;
April 1st, 1942: Major;
April 1st, 1944: Oberstleutnant;
?: Berliner Landespolizeigruppe "von der Wecke";
October 1st, 1935: Luftwaffe;
1938: Chef 2. Kompanie, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1;
1941: Kommandeur II. Bataillon, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1;
January 22nd, 1944 - February 11th, 1944: Führer Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 (m.d.F.b.);
July 24th, 1944 - February 1945: Kommandeur Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15;
February 3rd, 1945 - April 1945: Führer 5. Fallschirmjäger-Division (m.d.F.b.).
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
- Kommandeur, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15, 5. Fallschirmjäger-Division, Luftwaffe (Kommandeur, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15, 5. Fallschirmjäger-Division, Luftwaffe)
- Awarded on:
- July 27th, 1944
"In the heavy fighting of the recent weeks in the St. Lo - Lassay area have particularly distinguished themselves in defense and counter-attacks: The 17. SS-Panzergrandier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen" led by their severely wounded commander Brigadeführer Ostendorff and his representative Standartenführer Baum, the 353. Infanterie-Division, led by their divisional commander Generalleutnant Mahlmann, the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 5 under his commander Major Heinz Becker, the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 9 under his commander Major Kurt Stephani and the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 15 under its commander Oberstleutnant Gröschke."
- Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
- Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
- - FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
- GAUL, ROLAND, The Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, United States, 1995.
- KUROWSKI, F., Knight's Cross Holders of the Fallschirmjäger, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, United States, 1995.
- PATZWALL, K. & SCHERZER, V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.