Talk:Alexander von Falkenhausen

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The articel gives only an elusive overfiew of his career and is lacking in some important points.

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Born as noble, he wanted to become a discoverer but got sacked out of school and then joined a cadet college. So he actually started his military career in the age of 12.

He served in the 91th Infantry Regiment in Oldenburg under Otto von Hindenburg, but was bored of his job and even played with the thought of joining into US american military service to fight in the spanish-american war. But because of his connections, he got the opportunity to serve within the german troops, who were send to China because of the boxer rebellion.

When he came back he was deployed to the grand general staff in Berlin, and started to learn japanese and analysed the japanese sphere of control in east asia. After that, he was deployed to tokio for 2 years to study the military facilities and after that as military attaché until the first world war breaked out.

He ain´t retired from service in 1930, he was dismissed out of the army because he was under suspicion of nationalsocialst procedures, of which he in fact, wasn´t involved. After that he joined the "Stahlhelm", a paramilitary-like Freikorps which were quite common at these desolate times in Germany but after the nazi´s started to gain political power, the Stahlhelm was integrated into the SA in 1934. Von Falkenhausen was against this step of integration and retired to join the german military mission in China. Between 1911 and 1941, Germany and China had some very close relations, which even peaked in an alliance between both with the results of the modernisation of the chinese industry and military (the Sino-German cooperation). He fought quite well with his troops against the japanese until 1938, when Joachim von Ribbentrop, the german foreign minister, forced him under menace of familial reprisals to return to Germany, because Hitler looked forward for Japan as an Ally in the anti-comintern pact. There were also some other famous germans acting at that time in China like John Rabe for example, who returned to germany after the nanjing massacre.


The article states that von Falkenhausen was sentenced to 12 years and then acquitted 3 weeks into fulfilling his sentence. If he was sentenced, he wasn't acquitted. The sentence was reversed or commuted.

Also, there is IIRC a semi-famous story that when he was released, von Falkenhausen left an angry note criticizing the Belgians for imprisoning him after he had done so much to try to save them from Nazi depredations. This seems like something worth including if it can be properly sourced. Airbornelawyer 07:09, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

The current version states that he was pardoned in 1955 after serving one third of his sentence. It's contrary to the other sources in the internet, which says that he was pardoned just three weeks after the sentence (same as the talk at the beginning of this section). Who changed the version to the current one and why? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:58, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

This article on his co accused says that Reeder was pardoned in July 1951 after only 3 weeks, but this article on von Falkenhausen says they were pardoned in 1955 after one third of their 12 year sentence. 1951 or 1955 ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:17, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

He was apparently released from prison in 1951, only a month after being convicted and sentenced to 12 years, because he was credited with the 6 years (1945-1951) he had already been in prison. He was not released because he was pardoned; he was pardoned later by Adenauer. --Macrakis (talk) 22:13, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

Any relation to the BMW racing driver and engineer?[edit]

The article states that General Alexander von Falkenhausen was married twice and neither wife bore him any children.

I assume, therefore, that the Alexander von Falkenhausen who raced motorcycles and automobiles and who worked as an engineer for BMW from 1934 to 1945 and again from 1954 to 1976, would be a cousin or nephew of his. How likely would it be to have two unrelated von Falkenhausen noble families?

Sincerely, SamBlob (talk) 16:11, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

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