From: the Netherlands
Hitler fired him on 20 January 42 for withdrawing without permission. Hitler had him to dismissed from the Army and denied him his pension and right to wear the Army uniform. Hoepner took Hitler to court and won his case before the Nazi's changed the law to dismiss Judges. Hoepner took part in the 20 July plot, and was given a Kangaroo trial and hung. I think Hoepner was one of the true professional soldiers who was going to do the right thing and he paid for it with his life. Not sure why he was given a Morale rating of 4.
In my alternate universe, he will never be fired and even promoted!
Yes very few people know about this!
Do note that Hoepner was not a saint...
"The war against Russia is an important chapter in the struggle for existence of the German nation. It is the old battle of Germanic against Slav peoples, of the defence of European culture against Muscovite-Asiatic inundation, and the repulse of Jewish-Bolshevism. The objective of this battle must be the destruction of present-day Russia and it must therefore be conducted with unprecedented severity. Every military action must be guided in planning and execution by an iron will to exterminate the enemy mercilessly and totally. In particular, no adherents of the present Russian-Bolshevik system are to be spared"
"It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.”
¯ Primo Levi, writer, holocaust survivor