There are many topics and posts regarding Karl Strecker's status as a Generaloberst in this forum.
Here is a résumé of what I found:
What happened to Paulus when he surrendered ? - September 2002
Awards Generaloberst Karl Strecker - August 2003
Karl Strecker - January 2006
Karl Strecker (for Dieter Zinke) - February 2006
Karl Strecker - December 2008
The present topic is not meant to throw a bone into the discussion. I am answering Steen Ammentorp's post.
Steen Ammentorp wrote: 04 May 2006 - Karl Strecker (for Dieter Zinke)
Just wondering whether any of you have read the biography on him: Lieutenant General Karl Strecker : the life and thought of a German military man / ed. by Uli Haller (isbn 0-275-94582-0) and maybe could give a review of the book and what explaination it gives on the confusen regarding his rank.
The Generals of World War II
I have read this book. It was edited by Uli Haller, a grandson of Gen.Obst. Strecker who lives in Seattle. The book was published in 1994 by Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT (256 pages).
The book provides a very interesting biography of Strecker, his West Prussian youth, WWI experience, police career, WWII and Stalingrad, his years of captivity and final years of freedom. I appreciated the fact that the bio dwells on Strecker the man, and not the Stalingrad tragedy of which so much has been written about elsewhere.
The second part of the book relates Strecker's own experiences of the Stalingrad campaign and his impressions as a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union. These experiences are provided by Strecker's own notes as compiled by the editor. It is very simply written, but goes deep into the soul of the man and the difficult decisions he has taken during the war, including his decison to sign the December 1944 proclamation of the "Bund der Deutschen Offiziere ".
Several appendices include various letters and notebook excerpts of Strecker. This completes this excellent document very well. I highly recommend it to all, who like me, are interested in the "inner lives" of the German generals.
The curious thing about the book is its title - Generalleutant Karl Strecker. Although Strecker ended the war as a Generaloberst, the editor may have wanted to point out the fact that Strecker's best years were as commander of 79. Infanterie-Division. His funeral plaque was dedicated to him by the soldiers of the Tapfer und Treu division. I will try to provide a scan of this plaque.
Finally, here are Karl Strecker's thoughts on his promotion as Generaloberst as outlined in a letter to Walter Terhard-Bommann, an old regimental comrade. Bommann's daughter provided the editor of the book with a box of Streckers' letters to her father following the latter's death.
March 1, 1959
...I went into captivity knowing nothing of my promotion. Then it was rumored that I had been promoted via radio message to full general. Shortly after these rumors started I was called in by Field Marshal Paulus, who officially - as much as anything was official then - passed on the promotion to me. I accepted the promotion from Paulus, but asked that I not be required to recognize it because there was no written proof and , understand this correctly, Bommann, because at the time, and given the spiritual distress I and others felt over the whole situation, this promotion business seemed ridiculous. In view of the tremendous courage shown by our brave soldiers during the course of the doomed battle, this promotion situation depressed me even more. I can't add anything more to the story.
Excerpt from Lieutenant-General Karl Strecker - The Life and Thought of a German Military Man, ed. Ulli Haller, p. 198-199.
Never get out of the boat !