Lieutenant General Franz Vahlen is the main antagonist of Sniper Elite III.
Franz Vahlen is a nazi officer serving in North Africa where he is in charge of a top secret project code-named Project Seuche. Project Seuche is a project to build a supertank codenamed Ratte, which Vahlen is planning to use to conquer Europe when the Afrika Korps win in North Africa. Some of his officers have discovered this and steal his diary which holds details of his plans. They send it by courier to Hitler himself, to tell him of Vahlens betrayal. Unfortunately for them the courier is intercepted by the OSS sniper Karl Fairburne, who has been sent to track down and assassinate Vahlen. When Fairburne tracks him down to the complex where the Ratte prototype is being built, he manages to destroy the tank. Vahlen is trapped under debris and pleads for Karl to free him. Karl takes Vahlen's Luger, and says that the difference between them is that he remember's everyone he kills, before executing the General at point blank Range.
Unlike other antagonists/targets, Vahlen is not directly killed by the player, though the player does trigger the explosion with causes him to be buried under debris before being killed by Karl in the final cutscene.
Vahlen's epaulettes are those of a Field Marshal.