Fritz-Georg von Rappard

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Fritz-Georg von Rappard
Born 15 August 1892
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Died 29 January 1946(1946-01-29) (aged 53)
Velikiye Luki
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1911 - 1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 7. Infanterie Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Fritz-Georg Hugo Karl von Rappard (15 August 1892 – 29 January 1946) was a German general who commanded the 7. Infanterie Division during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

In 1946, he was one of a set of soldiers selected by the Soviet Union for military trial in the city of Velikiye Luki. The set of men each representing a rank from General to Private were put on public trial for crimes against Soviet partisans in that area. Along with seven other officers, von Rappard was publicly hanged in the town square in 1946. The trial was in the nature of a representative show trial based on collective responsibility of the German Army rather than the specific actions of the individuals selected for trial.[citation needed]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
13 September 1944 In der Abwehrschlacht am unteren Narew haben sich die bayerische 7. Infanterie-Division unter der Führung von Generalleutnant von Rappard und die Sturmgeschützbrigade 904 unter Führung von Major Türcke durch vorbildlichen Kampfgeist hervorragend bewährt. Im Panzerkampf hat sich Hauptmann Adamowitsch besonders hervorgetan.[4] In the defensive battle at the lower Narew have proven themselves by showing exemplary fighting spirit, the Bavarian 7th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant-General von Rappard and the Assault Gun Brigade 904 led by Major Türcke. The Captain Adamovich has particularly excelled in tank combat.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 183.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 284.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 81.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 242.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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