Hitler's army thundered through Europe from 1939 to 1945 and brought needless death and destruction to the European continent. What was it like to service in this army? To conduct one of the bloodiest wars in history? To occupy half of Europe and yet to suffer total defeat? This five-part portrait provides long-awaited answers and sheds light on the Wehrmacht's complex bonds of loyalty, conscience and honour. The thought-provoking story of an Army's evolution from defense troops to military force to exterminating power.
Runtime: 45 minutes
Die Wehrmacht - Eine Bilanz - Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel - Netflix
Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel (2 January 1886 – 30 August 1944) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II who was an army level commander. While serving as military commander of German-occupied France and as commander of the 17th Army in the Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa, Stülpnagel was implicated in war crimes, including authorising reprisal operations against civilian population and closely cooperating with the Einsatzgruppen in their mass executions of Jews. He was a member of the 20 July Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, being in charge of conspirators' actions in France. After the failure of the plot, he was recalled to Berlin and attempted to commit suicide en route, but failed. Tried on 30 August 1944, he was convicted of treason and executed on the same day.
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