Wilhelm Schepmann

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Wilhelm Schepmann
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Born (1894-06-17)17 June 1894
Died 26 July 1970(1970-07-26) (aged 76)
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch SA-Logo.svg SA
Rank Stabschef SA
Commands held Stabschef der SA

Wilhelm Schepmann (17 June 1894 – 26 July 1970) was an SA general in Nazi Germany and the last Stabschef (Chief of Staff) of the Nazi Stormtroopers.

Schepmann was an Obergruppenführer in the Nazi Party para-military branch known as the Sturmabteilung (SA) when he was appointed by Adolf Hitler to succeed Viktor Lutze as Stabschef (SA) in 1943. Lutze died in May of that year, after being involved in a serious car accident. However, by then the SA had been thoroughly marginalized as far as power in Nazi Germany. Since January 1939, the role of the SA was officially mandated as a training school for the German armed forces with the establishment of the SA Wehrmannschaften (SA Military Units). Then with the September 1939 invasion of Poland, the SA lost most of its remaining members to military service in the Wehrmacht (armed forces).[1] The SA officially ceased to exist in May 1945 when Nazi Germany collapsed. The SA was banned by the Allied Control Council shortly after Germany's capitulation. In 1946, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg formally judged the SA not to be a criminal organization.[2]

After World War II in Europe ended, Schepmann became involved in the All-German Bloc/League of Expellees and Deprived of Rights.[3] In the early 1950s he served as a member of the Landtag of Lower Saxony in West Germany.[4] He is the father of Richard Schepmann, head of the Neo-Nazi publishing house Teut-Verlag, who was jailed in 1983 for inciting racial hatred.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNab, Chris. Hitler's Elite: The SS 1939–45, Osprey Publishing, 2013, pp. 20–22
  2. ^ "The Sturmabteilung or SA". History Learning Site. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Kurt P. Tauber, Beyond Eagle and Swastika: German Nationalism Since 1945, Volume 1, Wesleyan University Press, 1967, p. 806
  4. ^ GERMANY: A Much-Perplexed People from Time, Monday, Nov. 24, 1952
  5. ^ Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity, NYU Press, 2003, p. 163
Military offices
Preceded by
Viktor Lutze
Stabschef SA
1943–1945
Succeeded by
Disbanded