SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
SPECIAL CAMP 11

A special thanks to Richard Murphy for providing the core of the research on this profile.

NAME: General der Infanterie Kurt von Tippelskirch

PW NO:          Unknown

RANK:            General der Infanterie

CAPTURED:   Vicinity of Lübeck-Schwerin-Wismar, Germany

DATE:             2 May 1945

PERSONAL
DATE OF BIRTH:     9 October 1891

PLACE OF BIRTH:   Berlin-Charlottenburg

DATE OF DEATH:   10 May 1957

PLACE OF DEATH: Lüneburg/Niedersachsen

NATIONALITY:       German

RELIGION:

OCCUPATION:        Regular Soldier

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Wife
: Elly (née Gallencamp) von Tippelskirch.

Son
: Adolf-Hilmar von Tippelskirch received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 29 September 1941 as an Oberleutnant while serving as Chief of the 1st Battery of Artillery Regiment 3 (Motorized) on the northern sector of the Eastern Front. On 28 June 1944, he was killed in action near Mogilev in Russia as a Major in the General Staff (see Hitler Moves East 1941-1943 by Paul Carell for an account of Oberleutnant von Tippelskirch’s heroism during the early stages of the Russian Campaign).

Brother-in-Law
: General der Artillerie Curt Gallencamp (17 February 1890-13 April 1958). Received  the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 19 November 1941 while commanding the 78th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front.

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On 22 June 1940, Generalleutnant Kurt von Tippelskirch (on right climbing stairs) escorted the French delegation into the railway carriage at Compiègne for the ceremonial signing of the armistice ending the war with France. Right to left: Generalleutnant von Tippelskirch; French General Charles L. C. Huntziger (chairman of the delegation); Ambassador Léon Nöel (in civilian clothing behind unknown German staff officer); French Air Force General Jean-Marie Joseph Bergeret; French Vice-Admiral Maurice R. LeLuc. The railway carriage (and location of Compiègne) was the same one where French Marshal Ferdinand Foch had met the German delegation that signed the armistice on 11 November 1918 ending World War I.

On 17 July 1945, Generalfeldmarschall Ernst Busch (PW NO: A423794) died of a heart attack caused by Myocarditis while being held as a prisoner of war at the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre at Wilton Park, Buckinghamshire. Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt and eight other captured German generals were allowed to attend the burial at Aldershot Cemetery which, much to the aged field marshal’s chagrin, was performed with very little ceremony.

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Click here to see a tentatively identified photo of General der Infanterie Kurt von Tippelskirch in the company of fellow prisoners of war at Island Farm

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