FIELD MARSHAL ERWIN VON WITZLEBEN

FIELD MARSHAL ERWIN VON WITZLEBEN (1881-1944)

He was, for a time, the Commander of Germany’s Western Forces and a conspirator in the failed July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler. Had it been successful, Witzleben was to take over supreme command of the whole Wehrmacht as the highest ranking German soldier. He was sentenced to death and hanged on a meat hook, with his execution filmed for Hitler’s viewing.

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