Haase, Curt.

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Haase, Curt, born 15-12-1881in Bad Honnef, German Empire in 1901 joined the 4th Württemberg Field Artillery Regiment No. 65 of the Württemberg Army in Ludwigsburg and was promoted to the rank of leutnant in 1902. In 1905 he was an adjutant of the 1st Division and eventually achieved the rank of leutnant in 1910. From 1911 to 1914 Haase commanded a training regiment in the Prussian Staff College. At the outbreak of the First World War Haase commanded a company. He was promoted to Hauptman in 1914 and served in various staff positions for the rest of the war. After the war, Haase joined the Reichswehr.

Haase became commander of III Corps on 16-11-1938. At the beginning of World War II, he commanded the III Corps in the Invasion of Poland and the Battle of France. On 15-05-1940 Haase’s corps broke through the French defensive positions at Charleville-Mézières,

 for which he received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 08-06-1940. Haase (right) with Field Marshal Erwin von Witzleben was promoted to Generaloberst on 19-07-1940 and in mid-November 1940, he was relieved of his command and reassigned to the Führer-Reserve. Field Marshal Erwin von Witzleben involved in the 20 July bomb attack on Hitler.was put to death at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin . By Hitler’s direct orders, he was hanged with a thin hemp rope, which people who were not from the prison staff called a piano wire, wound around a meat hook, and the execution was filmed. The footage has since been lost

Haase attending Wilhelm II’s funeral with Arthur Seyss-Inquart   and August von Mackensen.

On 04-06-1941 he attended the funeral of German Emperor Wilhelm II

  at Doorn Manor in the Netherlands as a representative of the Oberkommando des Heeres.

Death and burial ground of Haase, Curt.

From early 1941 to December 1942 he commanded the 15th Army deployed in France, during that period the army was tasked with the protection of the Channel coast from a possible Allied invasion. He was transferred again to the Führer-Reserve for the remainder of his career and died on 09-02-1943 at the age of 61 of heart disease.

General Curt Haase, here with SS General Sepp Dietrich   was buried on the Invaliden Cemetery in Berlin. After the war, the Allies, special the Russians, ordered that all Nazi monuments (including those in cemeteries) should be removed, and this resulted in the removal of the grave-markers of Reinhard Heydrich  and Fritz Todt, and orther, although their remains were not disinterred. Later a wall was build between East and West Berlin right through the cemetery and on Russian side all grave-marks destroyed. In the later years new grave-marks were re-established of different Generals and well known.

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