He was a Wehrmacht General in Nazi Germany during WW II. He was chief of staff for Field Marshall Rommel the most distinguished military officer of WW II who was much respected by allied commanders. Although he supported Nazi policies on territorial issues of Germany he opposed the racial policies. This resulted in his association with resistance group and the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler. When the plot failed he was arrested by Gestapo and he was interrogated. He was put in jail at the end of war he escaped from jail and went into hiding. In post war Germany he became very important personality in the new German army. He was the first German General to be the commander of NATO forces in Central Europe in Cold War period. His Head quarters was in Paris in the palace of Fontainbleau.