Dethleffsen, Erich (ON HOLD)

1967 TLS from the WW II Wehrmacht operations and general staff officer, praising the German soldier

Price: $75.00

Description:
(1904-1980) Wehrmacht operations officer, son-in-law of General von Falkenhorst who planned invasions of Norway and Denmark. Joined the Reichswehr 1923, promoted to General Staff 1937. He fought as a Captain in the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front, wounded and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his service 12/23/43. After his injury, he rose to Generalmajor (brigadier general) Nov. 1944, served on the Army General Staff in Hitler's headquarters. Chief of Staff of 39th Panzerkorps, Chief of Staff to 4th Army Group 5/44-2/45. Led Dethleffsen Division 3/45, Chief of Staff to Army Group Weichsel, personnel officer with Army General Staff to end of War. POW until 1948, on his release became executive secretary of the Society of 1947 for Economic Policy, used to spread pro-Western feeling in West Germany. He spent much of his time giving speeches on various military subjects, including support for the European Defense Community. During the mid-1950s, he was an important figure in discussions on German rearmament. TLS "Dethleffsen" in English on 11 x 8 personal printed letterhead, Munich, September 21 1967, to a Chicago social worker. Dethleffsen appreciates that the recipient discusses with boys and girls problems affecting Germany, adding that as ...a former soldier it is my opinion, that the German soldier, even beeing [sic] misused for an eval [sic] purpose, has done excellent and these efforts are worth while to be mentioned in the international sphere." He regrets not being able to send a war-time photo.

Condition: Very good, two folds
Type:Letter






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