From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

The death of Col. Gen. Friedrich Dollman, 62, one of the top Nazi commanders in France, was announced in Berlin yesterday, capping a series of disasters to German generals which cost Hitler at least ten of them since D-Day. Six were killed and two captured in Normandy and two more were killed in plane crashes on the eastern front, aside from any the Russians may have killed or captured in their current offensive.

The death of Dollman “in a heavy defensive battle on Tuesday” was made public in an order of the day from Hitler himself, reported by the German News Agency. Hitler said that “Dollman’s leadership created the primary conditions for the defense against the invasion.”

Dollman’s rank of colonel general has no exact equivalent in the U.S. Army, but is between a lieutenant general and a full general. Dollman was last reported to be in command of Nazi garrisons in France.

It was on Tuesday that RAF rocket-firing Typhoons blew up a French chateau which was used as a German corps headquarters, and unofficial Allied quarters speculated that Dollman might have been killed in that attack. Berlin gave no details of his death.

The Germans previously had announced the deaths of five other generals in Normandy. They were: Artillery Gen. Marcks, killed June 14; Lt. Gen. Hellmisch, killed June 22 while commanding the 243rd Infantry Division; Maj. Gen. Stegman, killed June 15 while commanding the 77th Infantry Division; Maj. Gen. Wilt, killed June 16 while commanding the SS 12th Hitler Youth Division, one of Germany’s best panzer units, and Maj. Gen. Salley, killed June 24 in the battle for Cherbourg.

Lt. Gen. Von Schlieben, commander of the Cherbourg garrison, and Maj. Gen. Stattler, Von Schlieben’s chief of staff were captured by U.S. Army units.

Gen. Jodl, a younger brother of the German chief of staff, and Col. gen. Dietl, Nazi commander in Finland, were killed in plane crashes.

general friedrich dollman

General Friedrich Dollman looking over a map in France.

For Further Reading Check Out:

Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949: Revised Edition

For Related Articles See:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Past and Present WWII History Posts