Poeppel and German chancellor Helmut Schmidt in German Chancellery 1981
|Born||20 July 1921|
Schivelbein, Farther Pomerania (today Świdwin, Poland)
|Died||29 September 2007(aged 86)|
|Allegiance||Nazi Germany Federal Republic of Germany|
|Years of service||1939–1945|
1955 – 1981
|Unit||Artillerieregiment 32 (1939–1945)|
|Commands held||Field Artillery Battalion 31|
Inspector of the Army
|Awards||Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit|
That year he passed his Abitur, Poeppel joined the Wehrmacht as an officer cadet and served in the Artillerieregiment 32 throughout the Second World War. By the end of the war, he had attained the rank of Hauptmann (captain), and managed to avoid Russian captivity.
In 1947–49, he studied at the Pedagogic Institute in Celle, including a semester at the University of Manchester. He started to work as a teacher in 1949 in Wriedel (Uelzen) and became an academic assistant at the Pedagogic University of Osnabrück in 1952.
After the organization of the Bundeswehr in 1955, Poeppel volunteered and was reinstated at his former rank of captain. Poeppel passed his general staff training at the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in 1958–61 and served on the Staff of the I. Korps in Münster. He became Staff Officer to the Generalinspekteure Friedrich Foertsch and Heinrich Trettner and commanded the Feldartilleriebataillon 31 in Lüneburg. In 1967–69, he worked at the Federal Ministry of Defense in Bonn.
On 1 January 1970, Poeppel became the commander of Panzergrenadierbrigade 1 in Hildesheim until 31 March 1973 and until 31 March 1978 of the 6. Panzergrenadierdivision in Neumünster. There he was promoted to Generalmajor.
Poeppel was married in 1947 to Edelgard, "the girl next door" to him in Pomerania, and the couple had two children. Their son, Burkhardt, also became a Bundeswehr officer; their daughter, Susanne studied for an advanced degree at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Bonn. Poeppel was an able and ardent tennis player all his life.
Generalleutnant Horst Hildebrandt
| Inspector of the Army
1 April 1979–1 October 1981
Generalleutnant Meinhard Glanz
Generalleutnant Rüdiger von Reichert
| Deputy Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces
1 April 1978–30 March 1979
Generalleutnant Helmut Heinz
Generalmajor Franz-Joseph Schulze
| Commander of 6th Panzergrenadier Division (Bundeswehr)
1 April 1973 – 31 March 1978
Generalmajor Hans-Joachim Mack