Erich Hoepner (September 14, 1886 - August 8, 1944) was a German general in World War II. A successful panzer leader, Hoepner was implicated in the failed July 20 Plot against Adolf Hitler and executed in 1944.
Eight July 20 plotters were executed by using piano wire to slowly hang them. Stauffenberg was lucky to be executed by firing squad when news arrived that Hitler had survived and the planned uprising failed to materialise.
Operation Barbarossa — Waffen-SS Strikes The Waffen-SS divisions and brigades were posted to each of the three main German combat groups: Army Groups North, Center and South. In the woods of East Prussia, the Totenkopf and Polizei Divisions were posted in reserve ready to exploit any successes by Colonel-General Erich Hoepner’s Fourth Panzer Group as they advance on Leningrad. The Das Reich Division was assigned to Colonel-General Heinz Guderian’s Second Panzer Group, which was to lead the…
General Oberst Erich Hoepner (1886-1944, sitting center) confers with the commander of the 6th Armored Division, Major General Franz Landgraf (1888-1944, right) and staff officers in a village house near Leningrad, August 1941.