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Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel
Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel
(2 January 1886 – 30 August 1944) was a German general in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
during World War II
World War II
who was an army level commander. While serving as military commander of German-occupied France and as commander of the 17th Army in the Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa, Stülpnagel was implicated in war crimes, including authorising reprisal operations against civilian population and closely cooperating with the Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
in their mass executions of Jews. He was a member of the 20 July Plot
20 July Plot
to assassinate Adolf Hitler, being in charge of conspirators' actions in France. After the failure of the plot, he was recalled to Berlin
Berlin
and attempted to commit suicide en route, but failed. Tried on 30 August 1944, he was convicted of treason and executed on the same day.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 World War II

2.1 War crimes 2.2 20 July plot

3 Awards 4 See also 5 Notes

5.1 Citations 5.2 References

6 External links

Early life[edit] Born in Berlin, Stülpnagel joined the German military straight from school in 1904, and served as a general staff officer in World War I. After the war he served in the Reichsheer
Reichsheer
reaching the rank of Colonel in 1933. The same year, he was appointed head of the 'Foreign Armies' branch of the General Staff of the Army.[1] In 1935 he published a memorandum in which he combined anti-Bolshevism with anti-semitism[2] By 1936 he was a Major General and commanded the 30th Infantry Division in Lübeck. On 27 August 1937 as a Lieutenant General he was appointed Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army. In 1938, after the Blomberg-Fritsch Affair
Blomberg-Fritsch Affair
and the Sudeten Crisis, he established contact with the Schwarze Kapelle, revealing the secret plan for the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Stülpnagel took part in the military opposition's first plans to remove Hitler from power, but these plans were largely abandoned after the Munich Agreement. World War II[edit]

Stülpnagel in German-occupied Poland, 1941

From 20 December 1940 to 4 October 1941, Stülpnagel was a General of Infantry (April 1939) and commanded the 17th Army. On 22 June 1941, after the launch of Operation Barbarossa, he successfully led this army across southern Russia on the Eastern Front. Under Stülpnagel's command, the 17th Army achieved victory during the Battle of Uman
Battle of Uman
and the Battle of Kiev. In February 1942, Stülpnagel was made German-occupied France's military commander,[1] in succession to his cousin, Gen. Otto von Stülpnagel. In this position, he, along with his personal adviser Lieutenant-Colonel Caesar von Hofacker, continued to maintain contact with other members of the conspiracy against Hitler. War crimes[edit] Substantial archival evidence indicates that during his tenure as commander of the 17th Army and military governor of France, Stülpnagel was involved in war crimes. In the Soviet Union, Stülpnagel signed many orders authorizing reprisals against civilians for partisan attacks and closely collaborated with the Einsatzgruppen in their mass executions of Jews. He admonished his soldiers not for the murder of civilian population but for chaotic means in which it was undertaken, particularly early premature taking of hostages and random measures. He ordered his troops to focus on Jews and Communist civilians, remarking that Communists were Jews that needed capture anyway; in order to improve relations with Ukrainians, even in cases of Ukrainian sabotage, local Jews were pointed out for punishment.[3] 20 July plot[edit] On the day in question, 20 July 1944, Stülpnagel put his part of the plot into operation. This mainly involved having Hans Otfried von Linstow, who was only informed of the plot on that same day, round up all SS and Gestapo
Gestapo
officers in Paris
Paris
and imprison them. However, when it became apparent that the assassination attempt in East Prussia had failed, Stülpnagel was unable to convince Field Marshal Günther von Kluge to support the uprising and was forced to release his prisoners. When Stülpnagel was recalled from Paris, he stopped at Verdun
Verdun
and tried to kill himself by shooting himself in the head[1] with a pistol on the banks of the Meuse River. He only succeeded in blinding himself.[4] Stülpnagel and his adviser were both arrested by the Gestapo, and Stülpnagel was brought before the Volksgerichtshof
Volksgerichtshof
(People's Court) on 30 August 1944. He was found guilty of high treason and hanged the same day[1] at Plötzensee Prison
Plötzensee Prison
in Berlin. Awards[edit]

Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
on 21 August 1941 as General der Infanterie and commander-in-chief of the 17. Armee[5]

See also[edit]

Otto von Stülpnagel
Otto von Stülpnagel
- cousin and German military commander of occupied France

Notes[edit] Citations[edit]

^ a b c d e Correlli Barnett, ed. (1989). Hitler's Generals. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. ISBN 0 297 79462 0.  ^ Bulletin, Volume 12-14 German Historical Institute in London, page 27 The Institute, 1990 ^ Nazi empire-building and the Holocaust in Ukraine, Wendy Lower pages 54-55 UNC Press 2006 ^ Die Wehrmacht: Eine Bilanz, Guido Knopp, p. 258 ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p.337.

References[edit]

Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.  Knopp, Guido Die Wehrmacht: Eine Bilanz, C. Bertelsmann Verlag, München, 2007. ISBN 978-3-570-00975-8 Anthony Cave Brown, Bodyguard of Lies, Harper & Row, 1975 Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

External links[edit]

Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel
Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel
in the German National Library
German National Library
catalogue

Military offices

Preceded by — Commander of 30. Infanterie-Division 1 October 1936 – 4 February 1938 Succeeded by Generalmajor Kurt von Briesen

Preceded by Generaloberst Adolf Strauß Commander of II. Armeekorps 30 April 1940 – 21 June 1940 Succeeded by General der Infanterie Walter von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt

Preceded by none Commander of 17. Armee 20 December 1940 – 4 October 1941 Succeeded by Generaloberst Hermann Hoth

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 50022907 LCCN: nr90001206 ISNI: 0000 0001 2210 9021 GND: 118855433 SUDOC: 073437115 BNF: cb12238092t (data)

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