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Georg Stumme

Georg Stumme

Born (1886-07-29)29 July 1886Halberstadt
Died 24 October 1942(1942-10-24) (aged 56)near El Alamein, Egypt
Allegiance [2] German Empire (to 1918)[3] Weimar Republic (to 1933)

[4] Nazi Germany (to 1942)

Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1906-1942
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 1st (Preuß.) Reiterregiment

2nd leichte Division 7th Panzer Division XXXX.Armeekorps Panzer Army Africa

Battles/wars World War I

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Georg Stumme (29 July 1886 – 24 October 1942) was a World War II German general most notable for his brief command of the Axis forces at the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein.


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Stumme had achieved the rank of Generalleutnant by the beginning of the war. He commanded the 2nd Light Division (later the 7th Panzer Division) in the attack on Poland in 1939. Replaced by Erwin Rommel in 1940, he was appointed as commander of the 40th Panzer Corps, which was sent to Bulgaria and participated in the attacks on Yugoslavia and Greece. In Operation Barbarossa Stumme served under Field Marshal Fedor von Bock. Stumme and his men succeeded in capturing Mozhaisk. He then participated in the attempt to capture Stalingrad.

In June 1942 some German plans were captured by Soviet forces. Hitler blamed Stumme and ordered that he be court-martialed. He was found guilty and was sentenced to five years imprisonment, but von Bock secured his release. Stumme was then sent to North Africa to join the Afrika Korps, which was confronting the British at El Alamein. During the temporary absence of Erwin Rommel, he commanded Panzer Army Africa (combined German and Italian forces) when the British attacked.

Unlike Rommel, Stumme travelled without the protection of an escort and radio car. On 24 October Stumme and Colonel Büchting drove to the front to review the situation. On the way to the command post, the car came into open view and was attacked. Stumme's companion Büchting was killed by a shot in the head. Stumme was uninjured, but suffered a heart attack and died. His body was found the following day. He was replaced by General der Panzertruppe Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma.

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  • Walther-Peer Fellgiebel (2000), Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5

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Military offices
Preceded by


Commander of 2. leichte Division

10 November 1938 – 18 October 1939

Succeeded by

7. Panzer-Division

Preceded by

2. leichte Division

Commander of 7th Panzer Division

18 October 1939 – 5 February 1940

Succeeded by

Generalmajor Erwin Rommel

Preceded by


Commander of XXXX. Armeekorps

26 January 1940 – 9 July 1942

Succeeded by

XXXX. Panzerkorps

Preceded by

Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel

Commander of Panzerarmee Afrika

22 September 1942 – 24 October 1942

Succeeded by

General der Panzertruppen Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma

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