Carl Heinrich Rudolf Wilhelm von
- Stülpnagel, Carl Heinrich Rudolf Wilhelm von
Generalmajor der Infanterie. Wehrmachtsbefehlshaber in France.
- 02-01-1886, Darmstadt, Hessen.
- 30-08-1944, hanged, age 58, Plötzensee.
Grave of honour: Frankfurt am Main, Hauptfriedhof. Block E, along the wall.
Stülpnagel, Carl Heinrich Rudolf Wilhelm von
Carl Stülpnagel, born 02-01-1886, in Darmstadt, Hessen, joined the German military straight from school in 1904, and in the First World War, he was a general staff officer. After the war he served in the Reichswehr. He was promoted to Hauptmann in 1924 and Major in 1925. He then commanded the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Infantry Regiment based at Neuruppin. In 1933 as an Oberst he was appointed head of the 'Foreign Armies' branch of the General Staff of the Army. By 1936 he was a Generalmajor and commanded the 30th Infantry Division, nickname "Briesen Division" in Lübeck. On 27-08-1937 as a Generalleutnant he was appointed Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army. In 1938, the Blomberg-Fritsch (see Blomberg) (see Fritsch) Affair and the Sudeten Crisis led to a weakening of Stülpnagel's enthusiasm for the National Socialist régime in Germany. It was at that time that he established contact with the Schwarze Kapelle, notably revealing the secret plan for the invasion of Czechoslovakia. From 20 December 1940 to 04-10-1941, Stülpnagel was a General of Infantry and commanded the 17th Army. On 22-06-1941, 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 and the Battle of Kiev. Stülpnagel also took part in the military opposition's first revolutionary plans, aimed at ousting Hitler and the Nazis, but these plans were largely abandoned after the Munic Agreement. Despite his involvement in the military opposition's plot to assassinate Hitler, 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 Russia, Stülpnagel signed many orders authorizing reprisals against civilians for partisan attacks and closely collaborated with the Einsatzgruppen in their mass executions of Jews. In March 1942, he gave his command to Hermann Hoth (see Hoth) and Stülpnagel was made German-occupied France 's military commander, and in this position, he, along with his personal advisor Lieutenant-Colonel Caesar von Hofacker, he was condemned by Roland Freisler (see Freisler) and hanged on 20-12-1944, age 48,
went forth with their plans to further the cause of ridding Germany of Hitler (see Adolf Hitler). Hofacker served as Stülpnagel's liaison with Claus von Stauffenberg (see Stauffenberg), who eventually carried out the assassination attempt at the Wolfsschanze in East Prussia. On the day in question, 20-07-1944, Stülpnagel put his part of the plot into operation. This mainly involved having Hans Otfried von Linstow, he was hanged age 45, on 30-08-1944, who was only informed of the plot on that same day, round up all SS and Gestapo officers in Paris, Stülpnagel’s brother Otto was the called the butcher of Paris( see Otto) and imprisoned 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, (see Kluge) Kluge committed suicide age 61, on 19-08-1944, near Metz, to support the uprising and was forced to release his prisoners. When Stülpnagel was recalled from Paris, he stopped at Verdun and tried to kill himself by shooting himself in the head with a pistol on the banks of the Meuse River. He only succeeded in blinding himself. While he was in captivity, he reportedly screamed the name "Rommel" (see Rommel) in a delirium. As a result, Erwin Rommel was soon put under surveillance by the SS. General Stülpnagel and his adviser were both arrested by the Gestapo and Stülpnagel was brought before the "People's Court" on 30-08-1944.
He was found guilty of high treason and age 58, hanged the same day at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin. There is a grave of honor on the Hauptfriedhof of Frankfurt am Main with his fellow WWII Generals, Herbert Schröder (see Schröder), Friedrich Kunze (see Kunze) and Hans Boelsen (see Boelsen).