SS BRIGADIER GENERAL (BRIGADEFUHRER) WALTHUR SCHELLENBERG

SS BRIGADIER GENERAL (BRIGADEFUHRER) WALTHUR SCHELLENBERG (1910 –1952)

was head of foreign intelligence following the abolition of the Abwehr in 1944. He was a good friend of Admiral Canaris who he replaced in the role after having been given the difficult task of arresting him for treason. Schellenberg was infamous for his “office fortress” desk, which had two automatic guns built into it that could be fired at the touch of a button. Near the end of the War, Schellenberg persuaded Himmler to try negotiating with the Western Allies. At the Nuremberg Trials, Schellenberg testified against other Nazis. In the 1949 Ministries Trial he was sentenced to six years imprisonment. One year after his release, he died of cancer in Turin.

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