Edwin von Stülpnagel

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Edwin von Stülpnagel
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Generalmajor von Stülpnagel
Birth date 24 November 1876(1876-11-24)
Place of birth Berlin, Province of Brandenburg, German Empire
Death date 6 March 1933 (aged 56)
Place of death Berlin, German Reich
Resting place Alter St.-Matthäus-Kirchhof in Berlin-Schöneberg
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
Service/branch War and service flag of Prussia (1895–1918).png Prussian Army
Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
Freikorps Flag.jpg Freikorps
War Ensign of the Reichswehr, 1919 - 1935.png Reichswehr
Years of service 1893–1931
Rank General of the Infantry
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Iron Cross
House Order of Hohenzollern
Pour le Mérite
Relations ∞ 1928 Mamie Ostermann von Roth (widow)

Edwin Ottomar von Stülpnagel (24 November 1876 – 6 March 1933) was a German officer of the Prussian Army, the Imperial German Army, the Freikorps and the Reichswehr, finally honorary General of the Infantry (General der Infanterie) and division commander.

Military career (chronology)

Edwin's father was a Knight of Honour of the Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg). He died on 24 June 1899 of lung paralysis in Bad Nauheim.
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  • School education in Berlin (Abitur)
  • 10 June 1893 Entered the 2nd Guards Regiment on Foot of the Garde-Korps
  • Attended the war school (Kriegsschule) in Glogau, passed the exam with “highest commendation”
  • 1 April 1899 to 30 September 1902 Adjutant of the 1st Battalion of his regiment
  • 1 October 1902 Detached to the Prussian War Academy or Kriegsakademie
  • 1 September 1906 Detached to the Prussian Great General Staff (Großer Generalstab)
  • 28 January 1909 Transferred to the General Staff of the III. Army Corps
  • 1 October 1911 Commander of the 7th Company/Infanterie-Regiment „von Borcke“ (4. Pommersches) Nr. 21 (Thorn)
  • 1 October 1913 Transferred back to the Great General Staff and assigned to the General Staff of the 16th Infantry Division (Trier)
  • 9 March 1915 First general staff officer of the III. Army Corps
    • 31 August 1916 m.d.W.d.G. des Chefs des Generalstabes des III. Armeekorps beauftragt
  • 3 November 1916 Entrusted with the duties of the Chef des Generalstabes des VI. Reservekorps
  • 22 March 1917 Chief of the General Staff of the VI. Reserve Corps
  • 16 August 1918 Assigned to the Chief of the General Staff of the Field Army z. b. V.
    • entrusted with the leadership of the foreign department of the Supreme Army Command (mit der Führung der Auslands-Abteilung der OHL beauftragt)
  • 8 September 1918 Named head of the foreign department of the Supreme Army Command (Chef der Auslands-Abteilung der OHL)
  • 29 November 1918 Chief of the General Staff of the XVII Army Corps in Danzig
  • 30 April 1919 Leadership of various volunteer associations of the Freikorps
  • Summer 1919 Commander of the 2nd Battalion/Reichswehr-Infanterie-Regiments 17/Reichswehr-Brigade 9
  • 1 October 1920 Transferred to the Infanterie-Regiment 6
  • 1 October 1921 (another source states 1. Dezember 1920[1]) Staff officer with the 4. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment (Kolberg)
  • 1 April 1922/29 September 1922/1 November 1922 Commander of the 4th Infantry Regiment (differnt sources have differnt dates)
  • 1./4. June 1926 Transferred to Stuttgart as Infantry Leader 5 (Infanterieführer V der 5. Division)
  • 1 November 1928 Commander of the 4th Division in Dresden (replacing Generalleutnant Erich Wöllwarth) as well as commander in Military District IV (Befehlshaber des Wehrkreis IV)
  • 31 October 1931 Retirement from active service


In July 1932, at the instigation of General Kurt von Schleicher, he was commissioned by Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg to form a Reich Board of Trustees for Youth Training/Strengthening to establish a defense-ready youth (known until 12 September 1932 as Verein zur Förderung des Geländesports) and was appointed its head (Präsident des Reichskuratorium für Jugendertüchtigung) with headquarters in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. The Reichskuratorium was transferred to the SA on 1 July 1933 and was dissolved on 9 September 1935.


General of the Infantry (ret.) Edwin Ottomar von Stülpnagel died on 6 March 1933 at 9:15 a.m. from an embolism and was buried in the Old St. Matthäus Cemetery in Berlin-Schöneberg. He was succeeded by the Stahlhelmbund leader Georg Heinrich von Neufville.


Edwin was the son of Colonel Otto Gottlob von Stülpnagel (1822–1899) and his wife Ida Wilhelmine Henriette, née Michaelis (1856–1909).[2] His younger brother was General der Infanterie Otto Edwin von Stülpnagel,[3] two of his many more or less distant cousins were General der Infanterie Joachim Fritz Constantin von Stülpnagel and General der Infanterie Carl-Heinrich Rudolf Wilhelm von Stülpnagel.


On 16 February 1928 in Stuttgart, Generalmajor von Stülpnagel married Mamie Ostermann von Roth, née Bareiß (b. 16 August 1891 in Göppingen; d. 3 July 1981 in Stuttgart), the daughter of the industrialist and commercial councilor (Kommerzienrat) Otto Bareiß and his wife Hattie, née Seipp. Mamie was the widow of lawyer and art historian Dr. jur. Paul Ostermann von Roth (d. 1926), director of the private collections of the Grand Duchy of Hesse.[4]


  • 10.6.1893 Fahnenjunker
  • 27.1.1894 Portepeefähnrich
  • 18.10.1894 Sekondeleutnant
  • 22.5.1904 Oberleutnant
  • 18.10.1907 Hauptmann
  • 22.4.1914 Major
  • 30.11.1920 Oberstleutnant
  • 1.1.1922 Oberst
  • 1.10.1926 Generalmajor
  • 1.11.1928 Generalleutnant
  • 10.10.1931 Charakter als General der Infanterie

Awards and decorations