The Cannon King's Daughter

An unrecorded banishment from Germany's Krupp steel family

Krupp Gun Fired at Sandy Hook, NJ Proving Ground, 1882

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The date was June 6, 1882. Alfred Krupp’s daughter, Engelbertha, was still nine months away from immigrating to nearby Jersey City, north some 18 miles up the Jersey coast as the crow flies from where his Krupp 11-inch gun was being tested at the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, America’s very first proving ground established 1874.

Alfred’s 11-inch gun weighed-in at 82,280 crushing pounds firing massive rounds behind 40,829 pounds of sheer pressure. Alfred had brought his gun to America in the hopes of making a lasting impression on the US Federal Government in the hopes of making a sale. But it’s foe, the Haskell 6-inch multi-charge gun would not be upstaged.

At the conclusion of testing, the Haskell demonstrated it’s superiority over the Haskell despite being 32,000 pounds lighter and constructed of far inferior cast iron while Krupp’s gun was manufactured utilizing the highest quality steel the German steelmaker could produce at it’s Essen works.

The Haskell Multicharge gun had a greater range of 61 yards over the Krupp gun that had over an 11-inch bore and 24 minutes less elevation than the Haskell gun. If the Haskell had had the same elevation as the Krupp gun, its range would have been several hundred yards greater.

Letter to Prof. Dr. Ralph Stremmel

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Dear Prof. Dr. Stremmel,

I recently read with great interest on the website of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung (Foundation) that currently, there are over 1.9 million photographs in it’s archive.

With the utmost respect, I ask that you please consider allowing me and one other researcher to visit the Alfried Krupp Stiftung to search for additional photographs of my great-grandmother, Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele.

There is much to gain by both families in a positive sense and I am open to any request you may have beforehand. You may contact me at info @ davidstroebel.com

Sincerely,

David Stroebel

 

Written by Dave Stroebel

May 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Former Essen Krupp Servants for Book/Film

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Did any of your German relatives work for Alfred Krupp at either Klosterbuschhof from 1864-1873 or at Villa Hugel from 1873-1880?

Did they pass down stories in your family about their work at Villa Hugel or Klosterbuschhof?

If yes, your stories passed on to you from your deceased loved ones could appear in an upcoming book and documentary film on the Krupp family.

Please email your stories in German or English to info@davidstroebel.com

You will receive full credit for all stories that appear in the book and documentary film.

 

My Book, “The Cannon King’s Daughter”

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Written by Dave Stroebel

April 11, 2018 at 11:07 am

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Why a Documentary Film on Engelbertha Krupp?

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This is the story of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele, banished and disinherited from Germany’s premier steel family of Essen, known today as ThyssenKrupp AG. Engelbertha was banished and disinherited in 1874 for the impeachable offense of falling in love with, and disobey her father’s orders to break off a wedding engagement with a poor shoemaker, my great-grandfather, at the Krupp estate in Essen. Her father, Alfred Krupp, would not allow such an inexperienced, uneducated man as my great-grandfather to one day manage the vast and lucrative Krupp steel works. This story is told through century-old photographs revelations and documents with the assistance of three elderly relatives. Engelbertha hid her true identity from her children while living in her new home in Jersey City, New Jersey. The findings of my investigation into her true identity appears in my book, The Cannon King’s Daughter (Barnes & Noble) and featured in Germany’s Der Spiegel news magazine. It is my hope that by making a documentary film, added pressure on the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation will force them to release additional photographic and other evidence of her existence in Essen which has been denied because of the disappearance of her baptism record feared destroyed by an enraged, vengeful father for ultimately forcing him to name his least-capable son, Friedrich, as the heir to his steel empire. Engelbertha Krupp has the basic, essential human right to have her baptismal record restored by the Protestant Church of Essen and the Alfried Krupp Foundation must recognize and accept her position in the Krupp family as the daughter of Alfred and Bertha Krupp. #BanishedKrupp

American Krupp Descendent Bombed Essen from B-17 During WWII

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Newly unearthed family records from WWII show that the husband of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele’s granddaughter, bombed Essen during WWII.

Army Air Corp First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker, Sr. who had not yet married Gloria Eileen Stroebel of Jersey City, New Jersey when the bombing mission took place, was piloting an American B-17G aircraft assigned to the 325th Bombardment Squadron of the 92nd Bombardment Group on March 8, 1945.

Lieutenant Bekker’s aircraft was one of 1,200 heavy allied bombers dispatched that day to destroy six benzol plants in Germany. His crew successfully bombed the Emil Benzol plant in Essen but did not take part in any bombing missions of the Krupp works itself.

Bekker married Stroebel in 1949 at St Paul the Cross Church in Jersey City.  He retired from the US Air Force in 1967 in the rank of full Colonel.

Peter Bekker Aircrew Picture1Lt peter O.E. Bekker, Sr (top-right)

First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker (top-right)(courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

B17 Mission Log EssenB-17 mission log book (courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

Written by Dave Stroebel

October 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

My July 23, 2017 Visit to Villa Hugel, Essen

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Written by Dave Stroebel

July 27, 2017 at 10:54 am

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