Wagner Eduard

Publié le par Roger Cousin

Wagner Eduard General Eduard Wagner (1 April 1894 - 23 July 1944) was a German Artillery officer who was the quartermaster-general of the German Army and a member of the resistance to Adolf Hitler. He was born in Kirchenlamitz, Bavaria. After service in World War I he was a member of the Reichswehr. In World War II he served as the quartermaster-general from 1941 to 1944 and was promoted to General der Artillerie on 1 August 1943. On July 24, 1939 he draw up regulations that allowed German soldiers to take hostages from civilian population and execute them as response to resistance.

He personally welcomed the idea of future invasion of Poland, writing that he looks to it "gladly". In May 1941, he drew up the regulations with Reinhard Heydrich that ensured that the Army and Einsatzgruppen would co-operate with murdering Soviet Jews. On the Eastern Front he had a role in ensuring that suitable winter clothing was supplied to the German forces and on 27 November 1941 he reported that "We are at the end of our resources in both personnel and material. We are about to be confronted with the dangers of deep winter." Wagner even was well informed about planned war crimes of the future. In late February 1943 Otto Bräutigam of the Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories had the opportunity to read a personal report by Wagner about a discussion with Heinrich Himmler, in which Himmler had expressed the intention to kill about 80% of the populations of France and England by special forces of the SS after the German victory.

Before, Hitler had called the English lower classes “racially inferior”. He was a conspirator against Adolf Hitler and when Claus von Stauffenberg sought approval to an assassination attempt on 15 July 1944 he was cited as being definite that the assassination of Hitler should only be attempted if Heinrich Himmler was also present. On 20 July 1944 he arranged the airplane that flew Stauffenberg from Rastenburg back to Berlin after the July 20 plot bomb had exploded. After the failure of the coup attempt he feared that his arrest by the Gestapo was imminent and that he might be forced to implicate other plotters. He committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at noon on 23 July 1944.

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