| The War That Came Early |
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
|Appearance(s):||West and East|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Date of Death:||1939|
|Cause of Death:||Shot in the head with an anti-tank rifle|
Helmut Fegelein (d. 1939) was a Sergeant in the German army during that country's invasion of France during World War II. Fegelein had previously served as an assault trooper in World War I. After the war he was demobilized, but rejoined the army in the early 1920s and served under arms from then on out.
Disgusted by the fact that assault troopers fought at such close quarters that they could be killed very easily regardless of how skilled they were, he pursued a specialty that allowed him to fight at longer range, namely sniping. In 1939 he was sent to duel with the Allied sniper Vaclav Jezek. Though Fegelein was the more experienced sniper by far, Jezek outgunned him, and it was Jezek who won the duel, killing Fegelein.
Before he died, Fegelein developed an extremely antagonistic relationship with Arno Baatz. As Fegelein outranked Baatz, he was able to express his contempt far more openly than were the men of Baatz' squad.