George Stumme

George Stumme was born in Germany in 1886. He joined the German Army and by 1938 had reached the rank of lieutenant general and was appointed commander of the 2nd Light Division. The following year he led his troops into Poland. After being replaced by General Erwin Rommel on 15th February 1940, he became commander of the 40th Army Corps.

Stumme and the 40th Army Corps went to Bulgaria in February 1941 where he fought alongside General Siegmund List and the 12th Army. He then took part in the invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece.

During Operation Barbarossa Stumme served under Field Marshal Fedor von Bock in Army Group Centre. On 18th October 1941 Stumme and his troops captured Mozhaisk. He then joined the offensive against Stalingrad.

On 19th June, 1942, the Soviets captured a set of operational plans. Stumme was held responsible and Adolf Hitler ordered him to be court-martialed. He was found guilty and sentenced to five years imprisonment but Fedor von Bock managed to get him released.

Stumme was sent to North Africa to join the Deutsches Afrika Korps and took part in the battle at El Alamein. George Stumme was killed during an Allied air raid on 24th October 1942.

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