A very elusive general

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Materna

Post by Frech » 10 Apr 2007 16:31

Hi to all,

per accident I found a pic of Materna in Bundesheer-uniform today. Poor quality - sorry.

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Angelo Müller, a very elusive general

Post by askropp » 27 Aug 2014 16:38

I think Angelo Müller is a very interesting case, because he was in Ostpreußen in 1945, but ended up in Sweden and was extradited to the Soviets in 1946. Does anyone know when and how he managed to cross the Ostsee?
Er ist wieder da. Aber auch dieses Mal wird er nicht siegen!

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Re: A very elusive general

Post by JakeV » 27 Aug 2014 17:53

Hello,

Angelo Müller and some of his men reached the port of Ystad (Schweden) in the night to 10.05.1945. They had used a Fischkutter (apparently in English this is type of cutter ship), which reached the port damaged. Given that the voyage from Hela to Ystad lasted roughly a day, Müller must have left East Prussia shortly after the German capitulation. Had he honored the tradition, he should have been one of the last to leave, presumably on late 08.05 or on 09.05.

From there, the rest is more or less known: Müller's transport (inluding soldiers from the Baltic states in German service) chose not to continue travelling to Germany, but to let themselves interned by the Swedish authorities, after the Swedish officers gave their word of honor that they would not extradit them to USSR, and Müller became the prisoners' camp commander.

On 2 June 1945, however, the Soviet embassy in Stockholm made a formal request for extradition, and the Swedish Goverment agreed upon. Extraditions started on 30.11.1945; Müller was handed over on 24.01.1946. He was tried by a military tribunal of the Belorussian Interior Ministry for war crimes and convicted to 25 years hard labor. He was released, however, on 06.10.1955 and died in München on 29.05.1958.

Kurt Dieckert/Horst Großmann: Die Kampf um Ostpreußen. Motorbuch–Verlag 1976
Franz Wilhelm Seidler: Fahnenflucht: der Soldat zwischen Eid und Gewissen. Herbig 1993
http://samlib.ru/m/minaew_d_n/generals_z_1.shtml

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Re: A very elusive general

Post by JakeV » 09 Sep 2014 10:28

Also, according to Die Generäle des Dritten Reiches in sowjetischer Hand: Angelo Müller * 04.06.1892 in München

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