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Fritz-Georg von Rappard
Born (1892-08-15)August 15, 1892
Died 29 January 1946(1946-01-29) (aged 53)
Place of birth Sögeln
Place of death Velikiye Luki
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1911 - 1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 7. Infanterie Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Fritz-Georg Hugo Karl von Rappard (15 August 1892 – 29 January 1946) was a German general who commanded the 7. Infanterie Division during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. In 1946, he was one of a set of soldiers selected by the Soviet Union for military trial in the city of Velikiye Luki. The set of men each representing a rank from General to Private were put on public trial for crimes against Soviet partisans in that area. Along with seven other officers, von Rappard was publicly hanged in the town square in 1946. The trial was in the nature of a representative show trial based on collective responsibility of the German Army rather than the specific actions of the individuals selected for trial.[citation needed]

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
13 September 1944 In der Abwehrschlacht am unteren Narew haben sich die bayerische 7. Infanterie-Division unter der Führung von Generalleutnant von Rappard und die Sturmgeschützbrigade 904 unter Führung von Major Türcke durch vorbildlichen Kampfgeist hervorragend bewährt. Im Panzerkampf hat sich Hauptmann Adamowitsch besonders hervorgetan.[4] In the defensive battle at the lower Narew have proven themselves by showing exemplary fighting spirit, the Bavarian 7th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant-General von Rappard and the Assault Gun Brigade 904 led by Major Türcke. The Captain Adamovich has particularly excelled in tank combat.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Thomas 1998, p. 183.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 284.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 81.
  4. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 242.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2300-3.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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