Kdr : Oberst Karl Klein
I. : Major Erich Sudau
II. : Major Schipp von Branitz (?)
III. : Oberstleutnant Gustav Wagner
I think that there is a mistake - according to "Lexikon der Wehrmacht" it was Major Krawutschke who was the commander of I./Infanterie-Regiment 44. on 1st of September 1939.
It is said that the commander of Infanterie-Regiment 44. commited suicide or was KIA in the Polish Campaign - during the battle of Kałuszyn - which took place on 11th and 12th of September 1939 - mainly during the night.
Wikipedia (both Polish and English) says that his surname was Krawutschke and his rank was Major - Major Krawutschke.
Several sources also say about this:
Tadeusz Jurga, Władysław Karbowski - "Armia Modlin 1939" - page 283 (and also "Wojna Obronna" - page 1040):
"[...] As the result of the German defeat at Kałuszyn, according to general Kowalski - "first ring of encirclement of units which were surrounding the division, was victoriously broken [...] the commander of 44. Infanterie-Regiment [...] shot himself, while seeing the disaster of his units at dawn - as captured regimental aide-de-camp testified."
We can see, that the primary source for this information is the aide-de-camp of the German Infanterie-Regiment 44., who was captured during the battle of Kałuszyn - or - to be more accurate - his testimony in the Polish captivity.
The secondary source is the relation of general Kowalski - the commander of Polish 1. Legionary Infantry Division - soldiers of which captured the German aide-de-camp of Infanterie-Regiment 44. during the battle of Kałuszyn.
But general Kowalski in his relation gives the surname and rank of this commander of 44. IR as: "płk Fisher".
Płk = Polish pułkownik
(Polish pułkownik in German army = Oberst).
This is probably because either he didn't remember his surname or he mistook him for some other German officer who was killed during that battle. He also might have not known the exact ranks in the German army and he might have translated his rank mistakenly as "pułkownik".
More over in "PSZ" ("Polskie Siły Zbrojne" = "Polish Armed Forces") - volume I/3, page 126 there is a note:
"[...] There were rumours (false), that commander of the German Infanterie-Regiment 44. commited suicide."
So "PSZ" says, that allegedly some rumour spread among panicked German soldiers of defeated IR.44, which was saying that the regimental commander commited suicide - and this rumour was then handed down to the Poles by the German aide-de-camp of Infanterie-Regiment 44., who was captured during the battle of Kałuszyn.
Also this source (quote Jan-Hendrik 06 Sep 2008 20:10):
NARA T311 R198, there you find all officers losses (KIA, WIA and MIA) for HGr. Nord per 27.9.39
- Does not mention Major Krawutschke.
So according to "PSZ" and source provided by Jan-Hendrik the information was not true. Really... ?
According to this site the commanders of Infanterie-Regiment 44. were:
http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... IR44-R.htm
1935 Major Heisig
1939 Major Krawutschke
1939 Major Sudau"
We can see that - according to "Lexikon der Wehrmacht" - there were two commanders of Infanterie-Regiment 44. during the Polish Campaign - Major Krawutschke and Major Sudau (his name was Erich - Domen).
I also found info that Major Sudau took over command over the regiment on 12th of September 1939 - so after the battle of Kałuszyn.
It seems, that something yet really happened, because on 12th of September Major Sudau took over command over the regiment - commanders of regiments are just not relieving one another without reason...
What happened to Major Krawutschke during the Polish Campaign? Was there any Oberst Fisher and what happened to him during the Polish Campaign?