- Friedrich Kussin was born on 1 march 1895 in Aurich. He joined the
army on 26 march 1913 in the 2nd Regiment. He fought with this regiment
in World War I. With the outbreak of World War II he was commander of
the 80th Pioneer Battalion until february 1940. From 1 april 1943 until
2 september 1943 he was commander of different units.
- Kussin assumed the position of commander of Feldkommandantur 642
(the military HQ in charge of the Arnhem area) on 3 september 1943. He
had his HQ in a school and adjoining Heselbergh villa alongside
Apeldoornseweg in Arnhem.
- On 17 september 1944 the British 1st Airborne Division landed west
of Arnhem. Generalmajor Kussin wanted to know what was happening and he
tried to make contact with German units near the landing- and dropzones.
He decided to personally advance to the front to get a better picture of
what was happening. He drove to the command post of SS-Sturmbannführer
Sepp Kraft in Hotel Wolfheze where he arrived at roughly 1715hrs.
- The general was briefed on the situation with the latest
information. When he wanted to return to Arnhem Kraft told him to return
via a northern route as it was very likely that British paratroopers now
occupied the southern route. Kussin ignored the advice and departed the
same way as he came.
- A few minutes later, around 1730hrs, his staff car bumped into B
Company of 3rd Parachute Battalion leading the advance to
Arnhem down Utrechtseweg. As the car started to turn left in the
direction of Arnhem, the front men of No. 5 Platoon opened fire with
stenguns and rifles, riddling the car with bullets and killing the
General, his driver, gefreiter Josef Willeke, and his
batman/interpreter, unteroffizier Max Köster.
- Captain Rev. Pare, the chaplain of No. 1 Wing of the
Glider Pilots Regiment, had two German POW’s bury the three dead by
the side of the road on 19 september.