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Who were the German generals during World War 2?

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2016-12-18 18:21:40

The main German generals in world war 2, ie, those who exerted

the most influence:

Franz Halder: commander-in-chief of OKH, the land army branch,

between the all important 1939 and 1942 years. Very able and

professional, he was often at odds with Hitler and he lost his job

during the Stalingrad debacle (which was none of his fault).

Gerd Von Rundstedt: An old Prussian style officer, one of the

main army group commanders during the war. He did not like the

growing power of Hitler in military... but was a faithful servant

nonetheless.

Alfred Jodl: Chief of staff of OKW, the unified army command

organization (land, kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe)... this

organization was in fact the personal headquarters of Hitler... he

was a professional with a good military mind, but certainly not a

genius. And he was fully dedicated to his Furher... as such, Jodl

was often in a position to influence Hitler, but usually failed to

do so.

Erick Von Manstein: The greatest operational mind of the German

army during the war, he was responsible for the Ardennes plan of

attack in 1940 and for the reestablishment of the Ukraine front and

the salvation of the German army in Russia in 1943 after the

Stalingrad defeat.

Hermann Balck: Another great Panzer leader and military mind,

probably the equal of Manstein.

Heinz Guderian: renowned Panzer warfare theorist before the war,

Panzer leader in the field in Poland, France and Barbarossa and

Chief Inspector of the Panzer arm between 1943 and 1945

Erwin Rommel: also the desert fox, a good Panzer leader, and a

gambler with flair. But still a gambler who could be beaten as

thoroughly through ambition as he could defeat enemies... an

example of this is his opposition to the taking of Malta which

would have permitted a better supply for his Africa Korps making it

a lot stronger in middle term.

Fieldmarshal Walter Model: The favorite troubleshooter of Hitler

in the later years of the war, he was often sent were things were

bad to reorganize the troops and fronts. Committed suicide in 1945

after his army group was surrounded by the western allies.

Many others have been important:

Field Marshal Gunther Von Kluge, an army group commander not

unlike Von Rundstedt, employed during most of the war

Field Marshal Ewald Von Kleist: another important and often

employed army group commander

Field Marshal Fedor Von Bock: same as the above, but dismissed

in 1941.

Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter Von Leeb: same as the above,

dismissed in 1941

Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel: commander of OKW... but with less

talent than Jodl his subordinate... a yes man, but still the only

German commander-in-chief to retain his post throughout the

war.


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