Roques, Karl von

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Roques, Karl von, born 07-05-1888 in Frankfurt am Main, joined the Army Service on 09-03-1899 as a Fahnenjunker in the Kaiserliche Armee, with the 3rd Kurhessisches Infanterie-Regiment “von Wittich” Nr. 83 . He was promoted to Leutnant on 18-08-1900 and ordered to the war school on 30-01-1900. at the beginning of the first war he was in the General Staff of the VIII Replacement Corps.  He was transferred to the War Ministry in February 1917 and promoted to Major on 18-05-1918. He received both the Iron Crosses  and was accepted in the new Reichswehr , at the Reichswehr Ministry Office. He retired from the Army Service as a Generalleutnant on 31-01-1933 and joined the Luftwaffe , on 30-06-1939 transferred to the Flak Artillery and landed in the Führer Reserve on 01-12-1939.   He was appointed as commander of the 143rd Division on 01-12-1939 and lost this command in Mai 1940. On 16-03-1941 he was assigned as commander of the Rear Area of Army Region 103 and involved in the Eastern invasion. On 01-07-1941 he was appointed as a General of the Infantry and was aggressive against the Ukraine Jewish population, which he considered as a treat. In August 1941 von Roques received a report about the 1st SS Brigade  under command of SS Oberführer Richard Herrmann, who in the battles between Rowno and Shitomar had killed 1.658 Jews. Between formation in 1941 and January 1944 the Brigade reported the following casualties, from an establishment of 6.271 officers and men: killed 20 officers, 306 NCO’s and other ranks, wounded 38 officers, 805 NCOs and other ranks, missing 4 officers, 119 NCOs  Von Roques hurried to cooperate with these SS Forces under SS Obergruppenführer, Friedrich Jeckel, who was hanged in Riga for war crimes, age 51, on 03-02-1946  Richard Hermann was killed in battle, age 46, on 27–12-1941.

.    End October 1941 Roques was again in the Führer Reserve. Von Roques was appointed as the Commanding General of the Security Troops and commander in the Army Area Süd and later of Army Corps A. He lost this command end 1942 and landed in the Reserve ones more. He was awarded with the German Cross in Silber  and retired from the Army Service, on 14-03-1943, age 54.

Death and burial ground of Roques, Karl von.

    After the war he was imprisoned by the Allied and in a trial condemned to 20 years imprison. Von Roques then died in captivity, age 69, on 24-12-1949 in Landsberg am Lech. Von Roques is buried with his wife Lilly,  born von Apell, who died age 53, on 02-02-1935, on the Military war cemetery of Kassel. Close by the graves of the Generalmajor der Pionere, the commander of the Senior Construction Staff 14, Friedrich Borchers, General der Infanterie, Commander of “Ost-Ungarn”, Kuno Both, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Commander of the Troop Exercise, Friedrich von Both, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur vom WBK Königsberg II, Rudolf Scheller Generalmajor der Panzertruppe, Commander of the 92nd Panzer Grenadier RegimentWerner von Hillebrandt, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Feld Material, Hans Hederich, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Commander 12th Artillery Replacement Battalion, Detlev Rüdelsdorff Generalstabarzt with IX Armee Corps, Alexander Remus, and Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Commander North East France, Dyon, Wilhelm Hederich.

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