Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (20 March 1870 – 9 March 1964) was a German general, the commander of the German East Africa campaign in World War I. He commanded one of only two German colonial forces of that war which were not defeated. From May 1928 to July 1930 he served as a deputy in the Reichstag. Lettow-Vorbeck "distrusted [Adolf] Hitler and his movement," even though Hitler offered him the ambassadorship to Great Britain in 1935, which he "declined with frigid hauteur." During the 1960s, Charles Miller asked the nephew of a Schutztruppe officer, "I understand that von Lettow told Hitler to go fuck himself." The nephew responded, "That's right, except that I don't think he put it that politely."
After his blunt refusal, he "was kept under continual surveillance" and his home office was searched. The only rehabilitation due to his legendary standing among the populace came in 1938, when at age 68, he was named a General for Special Purposes, but was never recalled into active service.
By the end of World War II, Lettow-Vorbeck was destitute. His two sons, Rüdiger and Arnd had both been killed in action serving the German Army. His house in Bremen had been destroyed by Allied bombs, and he depended for a time on food packages from Meinertzhagen and Smuts. With the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and economic recovery, he enjoyed comfortable circumstances again.
Sdkfz 247, the company Daimler-Benz released a total of 58 units between July 1941 to January 1942
The Sd.Kfz. 247 was an armored command car used by Germany during World War II. Ten units of the six-wheeled model were made before the war(Ausf. A) and 58 were built during the war ( four-wheeled model, the Ausf. B). The proper name was schwerer geländegängiger gepanzerter Personenkraftwagen (Heavy Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier).
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