(29.10.1873 - 01.05.1945)
place of birth: Breslau, Niederschlesien (Wroclaw, Poland)
operations officer and future diplomat, Wilhelm Faupel also served during the
Great War as a corps-level and field army chief of staff. After the War,
Colonel Faupel continued his military service by founding the Freikorps
Faupel - Görlitz, which he commanded until his retirement in March
1921 as the Freikorps transitioned into the Reichswehrkorps. He
retired at the rank of Generalmajor, but was later awarded the brevet rank of
Generalleutnant (Charakter) on 27 August 1939 for Tannenberg Remembrance Day.
the next ten years, Faupel functioned as a military advisor in
Argentina and Peru. He joined the German Reich's diplomatic corps in
1936 as charge-de-affaires in Salamanca, Spain. The following year he
served as Germany's Ambassador in Madrid. Returning to Argentina as a
brevetted Generalleutnant, he was supposedly involved in Juan Peron's
successful coup which deposed the Castillo government in May of
1943. Faupel went missing after May 1945, possibly committing
suicide in Berlin, or living out a life incognito in the Hesse. His
whereabouts thus remains the subject of numerous rumors.
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