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Erik Heinrichs

Given NameErik
Born21 Jul 1890
Died16 Nov 1965


ww2dbaseAxel Erik Heinrichs was a German-trained Jaeger soldier with the Royal Prussian 27th Jäger Battalion between 1915 and 1918. During the Finnish Civil War, he fought on the side of the White Guard and participated in the battles at Tampere and Viipuri. When Russia invaded Finland and started the Winter War, he was assigned the Finnish III Army Corps. On 19 Feb 1940, he was assigned as the commanding officer of the Army of Karelian Isthmus. In Jun 1940, he was made the Chief of the General Staff. In 1941, he was promoted to the rank of general. When the Continuation War began in Jun 1941, he returned to the Army of Karelian Isthmus as its commanding officer, holding that position until Jan 1942, after which he was again appointed the Chief of the General Staff. In 1944, he was awarded the Mannerheim Cross, First Class; he was the second person to receive the award. After the war, he was implicated in the Weapons Cache Case, in which small arms were hidden in a great number of caches around Finland in case of the need for a guerilla war against the potential post-war Soviet occupation. He resigned from his post as the Army's commander-in-chief due to the incident, but remained influential in military circles.

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Portrait of Heindrichs, 1938President Kyösti Kallio of Finland and Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim at Helsinki railway station, Finland, 19 Dec 1940; Risto Ryti, Lieutenant General Erik Heindrichs, and Colonel Aladár Paasonen in backgroundFinnish Army Lieutenant General Erik Heindrichs, Colonel Ruben Lagus, and Major General Paavo Talvela in discussion in the field, Finland, summer 1941Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim and Aksel Airo studying a map, Finland, circa 1941-1944; Erik Heinrichs in background
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21 Jul 1890 Erik Heinrichs was born.
12 Jan 1945 General Erik Heinrichs was placed in charge of Finland's defense forces.
16 Nov 1965 Erik Heinrichs passed away.

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