Bentivegni, Franz Eccard von, born on 18-07-1896 in Potsdam , from an old family of soldiers. His father fell as a lieutenant colonel in World War I. He joined the Army on 22-07-1915, as a Fahnenjunker in the 2nd Garde Field Artillery Regiment and became the rank of Leutnant. He came to the Western front and was wounded in hospital in Namen, Belgium, for a few weeks. After World War I, Bentivegni remained in the new Reichswehr and got the post of First General Staff Officer in the 26th Infantry Division under command of General der Infanterie Sigismund von Förster . Förster died 12-01-1959, age 71, in Bremen. A new 26th Volksgrenadier Division was formed on 17-09-1944 in the Warthelager, near Poznan by absorption of the 582nd Volksgrenadier Division and remnants of the old 26th Infantry Division. This new division spent the rest of the war on the Western Front under Army Group B , under Field Marshal, Walter Model
until it entered U.S. captivity in the Harz in 1945. In this Ruhr Pocket Field Marshal Model collapsed and committed suicide, by gun. Bentigvegni came into the command of the Wehrmacht and Bentivegni was in the counter-espionage business for the Abwehr between March 1939 to March 1944. He led a special conference on 04-11-1939 in Cologne, where the set in of the Secret Field Police, Geheimen Feldpolizei or Einzatzgruppen, in Poland, was analyzed. He opened his talk with the order to keep the whole question really secret. Oberst Bentivegni, since 01-06-1941, landed in the Führer Reserve, (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) from 15-09-1943 until 17-05-1944. As a Generalmajor he became the last commander of the 81st Infantry Division , succeeding Generalmajor der Reserve Dr. Ernst Meiners, and promoted to Generalleutnant, on 30-01-1945, he came in captivity of the Soviets, with the remains of his division. The youngest Generalleutnant in WWII was Theodor Tolsdorff.
There were proofs that the Secret Field Police was participated in the mass murder of Soviet Jews in Babi Jar.
He was imprisoned as war criminal and condemned to 25 years in a labour camp. In 1955 he was released and came back to Germany, thanks the strains of the Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
Death and burial ground of Bentivegni, Franz Eccard von.
He lived till he died, at the age of 61, on 04-04-1958, in the city of Wiesbaden. Bentivegni is buried with his wife Hella, born Köller, who died age 78 on 03-07-1982, on the Nordfriedhof of Wiesbaden, between many old comrades, as the as Generalleutnant der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Transport, Oskar Bertram, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur der LXIII Heeresgruppe, Ernst Dehner, Generalleutnant der Kavallerie, Jurist Reichs Kriegsgericht, Friedrich Eberhardt, Generalleutant der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 172nd Division, Kurt Fischer, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Commander of POW’s in area Wehrmacht Commander Eastern Territories, Victor Gaissert, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur der Raketten Artillerie Truppen,Ernst Graewe
Generalleutnant der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Versorgung, Friedrich Hanesse, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur der 4th Fallschirmjägerluftflotte, Battle for Stalingrad, Hans von Herudt von Rhode, General der Flieger, Commander of POW’s Military District III, Erich Keiser, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Leader of firing Commission with the Air Fleet Reich, in Wiesbaden , Erich Homberg, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur der 31st Flak Division, Herbert Giese, Generaloberst der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 15th Division, D-Day, Hans von Salmuth, Generalmajor der Wehrmacht, Chef des Generalstabes vom Generalkommando XXXIII: Armeekorps, Friedrich von Unger, Generalleutnant der Wehrmacht, Military Attaché on the German, Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, Bruno Uthmann, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Command of the X Army, Hanns Adolf Voigt, Generalmajor der Flieger, 8th Departement der Luftwaffe, Horst Voigt/Ruscheweyh and Vice Admiral, Marineattaché, Ralf von Marwitz.