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Karl von Le Suire

Years of service  1916–45
Name  Karl Le
Service/branch  German Army

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Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)  Weimar Republic (to 1933)  Nazi Germany
Rank  General der Gebirgstruppe
Battles/wars  World War I World War II Annexation of Austria Annexation of the Sudetenland Invasion of Poland Battle of France Battle of the Caucasus Massacre of Kalavryta Battle of the Dukla Pass Upper Silesian Offensive Prague Offensive
Died  June 18, 1954, Volgograd, Russia
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars  World War I, Anschluss, Invasion of Poland
Commands held  46th Infantry Division, 117th Jager Division, 49e corps d'armee de montagne

Karl Hans Maximilian von Le Suire (8 November 1898 – 18 June 1954) was a German general during World War II who commanded the XXXXIX Mountain Corps. He was responsible for the Massacre of Kalavryta.

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In November 1943, the German 117th Jäger Division began a mission named Unternehmen Kalavryta (Operation Kalavryta), intending to encircle Greek guerrilla fighters in the mountainous area surrounding Kalavryta. During the operations, some German soldiers were killed and 77 of them, who were taken prisoners, were executed by the Greek guerrillas. On 10 December 1943 von Le Suire signed the order for the German division to "level the locations Mazeika and Kalavryta". In total, more than 1200 civilians were killed during the reprisal operations. About 1,000 houses were looted and burned and more than 2,000 sheep and other large domestic animals were seized by the Germans. The event is known as the Massacre of Kalavryta.

Le Suire surrendered to Soviet troops in May 1945. He died in Soviet captivity on 18 June 1954 in a prisoner of war camp at Stalingrad.

Awards and decorations

  • Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (28 March 1918) & 1st Class (19 December 1921)
  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (13 September 1939) & 1st Class (13 September 1939)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 26 November 1944 as General der Gebirgstruppe and commander of XXXXIX. Gebirgskorps
  • References

    Karl von Le Suire Wikipedia


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