14 November 2012

German Generals Ernst Philipp, Hans Schlemmer and Helmut Staedke


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Date: Monday, 5 June 1944
Place: Bobruisk, Mahilyow Voblast, Belarus
Photographer: Unknown

Three German Heer (Army) generals, from left to right: Generalleutnant Ernst Karl Julius Philipp (Kommandeur of 134.Infanterie-Division/XXXV.Armeekorps/9.Armee/Heeresgruppe Mitte), Generalleutnant Dipl.-Ing. Johann "Hans" Schlemmer, and Generalmajor Helmut Staedke (Chef des Generalstabes 9. Armee). At this time, Schlemmer (ex-commander of 134. Infanterie-Division before Philipp) was attended a training course for Armee-Korps commanders. It is possible that this picture taken at the handed-over ceremony of the commander position for 134. Infanterie-Division from Schlemmer (17 December 1941 - 1 June 1944) to Philipp (1 June 1944 - 29 June 1944), attended by Chief of Staff of 9. Armee General Staedke. Philipp (9 May 1895 - 29 June 1944) wearing Deutsches Kreuz in Gold which he received in 31 January 1942; Schlemmer (18 January 1893 - 26 January 1973) wearing Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (21 April 1942), Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes #369 (18 January 1944), and Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (23 January 1942); while Staedke (30 August 1905 - 3 September 1974) wearing Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (14 August 1943) and Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (8 June 1942). Only 25 days after this picture was taken, Generalleutnant Ernst Philipp was killed in action near Bobruisk!

Source:
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14230&start=4470

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