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Sponeck, Graf von, Hans Emil Otto

Date of birth:
February 12th, 1888 (Düsseldorf/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
July 23rd, 1944 (Germersheim/Palatinate, Germany)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


Hans Graf von Sponeck was sentenced to death by Hitler on December 29th, 1941 for refusing to uphold a directorder not to withdraw from the Kertsch area. with the help of Generaloberst Haase, the sentence was later transformed to six year's imprisonment. Although he had nothing to do with the attempt to kill Hitler on July 20th, 1944, he was sentenced to death by direct order of Himmler. The sentence was carried out on July 23rd in the Wehrmachtsgefängnis at Germersheim.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Kommandeur 22. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1941
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3