General Adolf Heusinger was Adolf Hitler's Chief of the General Staff of the Army during World War II.
With the outbreak of the Second World War Heusinger accompanied the German HQ field staff and assisted in the planning of operations in Poland, Denmark, Norway, and France and the Low Countries (coastal region in western Europe, consisting especially of the Netherlands and Belgium).
He was promoted to colonel on August 1, 1940 and became chief of the Operationsabteilung in October 1940, making him number three in the Army planning hierarchy .
In 1944 Heusinger assumed office as Chief of the General Staff of the Army. In this capacity, he attended the meeting at Adolf Hitler's Wolf's Lair on July 20, 1944, and was standing next to Hitler when the bomb planted by Claus von Stauffenberg exploded.
Heusinger (on the left) meeting with Hitler
After the war, this Nazi war criminal, the man who helped Hitler plan and execute his invasion of neighboring countries, was not even put on trial, quite contrary he was allowed to take over the newly established West Germanarmy, the "Bundeswehr".
In 1950, he became an advisor on military matters to Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of West Germany., and with the establishment of the West Germany Armed Forces Bundeswehr in 1955, Heusinger returned to military service, and was appointed as Generalleutnant (lieutenant general) on November 12, 1955. Shortly thereafter, in June 1957, Heusinger was promoted to full general and named the first Inspector General of the Bundeswehr (Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr), and served in that capacity until March 1961.
In 1961, Heusinger was made the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (essentially he was NATO's chief of staff). He served in that capacity until 1964.
So instead of facing trial and paying for the crimes he committed, this war criminal who personally signed orders to murder allied POW's during the war, this human trash that helped Hitler plan and carry out the atrocities and war crimes that the German army perpetuated in Europe and Russia, this psychopathic murderer was allowed to rebuild the West German army and later to become one of NATO's heads.