Out of grace with Adolf Hitler (did you know) he was assigned as commander of the 27th Fusiliers Regiment, on 01-02-1944 until 19-07-1944. He then was commander of the 1097th Grenadier Regiment to 22-07-1944. 22-07-1944 delegated with the leadership of the 12th Infantry Division he succeeded Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Commander of the 12th Infantry Division Rudolf Bamler, who died age 75, 13-03-1972, in Gross Glienicke, to 13-04-1945 and following commander of the Infantry Division “Ulrich von Hutten” to 08-05-1945. Ulrich von Hutten was a German scholar, poet and reformer. He was an outspoken critic of the Roman Catholic Church and a bridge between the humanists and the Lutheran Reformation. He was a leader of the Imperial Knights of the Holy Roman Empire. He lived from 21-04-1488 to 29-08-1523 and died age 25. On 08-05-1945 he is in US captivity until December 1947. Gerhard Engel wrote in his diary that in 1941, Hitler declared, “I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so. Despite public disapproval from Protestants, Armament Minister, Albert Speer
later wrote that Hitler “would remain a member of the Catholic Church and in fact, he remained in the Church until his suicide.” During his years with Hitler, Engel kept the diary in the form of six notebooks. With the unconditional surrender of Germany, he was held in American captivity and released in December 1947. After the war, he added material to shed further light on certain events, military and political decisions and Hitler’s attitude to particular problems. His diary covers the decision-making process behind crucial military actions, including the annexation of Austria, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the war against Russia. Hitler had many different adjutants for a variety of different functions. His chief adjutant was SA Obergruppenfuhrer, Wilhelm Brückner, here in 1926 died age 69, on 18-08-1954, in Herbsdorf and who held this title from around 1922-1940. He was dismissed over a very petty incident involving another adjutant, Max Wünsche.
Brückner was replaced by Hitler’s other main adjutants SS Obergruppenfuhrer, Julius Schaub. Schaub acted as Hitler Factotum in just about every aspect of his private life, he burnt Hitler’s privat administration in Berchtesgaden. All adjutant technically were under his control although that was not always the case. SS Ordenance Officers and SS Adjutants were, Ludwig Bahls, 1938-39, Max Wünsche 1939-40, Hans Pfeiffer 1941-1942, Richard Schulze-Kossens 1942-44. SS Obersturmführer Hans Georg Schulze fell 27-06-1944, age 23, in Russia barely 100 metres away from his brother Richard, who was the boss of the 2nd Company. He was buried in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine. His older brother Richard Schulze, who also belonged to the Leibstandarte SS “Adolf Hitler” , was addressed at the funeral, whether he wanted to take over his brother’s post as adjutant, because the leader valued Hans-Georg Schulze extraordinary who was very much sad about the death of his brother. Richard agreed and was assigned to the Führer Companion Command in October 1941 after recovering from a wound. Richard Schulze died age 73 on 03-07-1988 in Düsseldorf. Hitler’s next aide was Max Wünsche
Death and burial ground of Engel, Gerhard Michael.