Can you name these German field marshals of World War Two?
I have left out the 'von' and Rommel is not here. All are army save two Luftwaffe.
I have learned how to utilise 'type ins' with such moderate success... it has made me a little more confident in myself vis-a-vis creating quizzes here. To celebrate my new-found albeit tortuous journey upon this path... I wish to share a little of my limited euphoria. All 'vons' are included. I have allowed Rommel his place... with a slight change. The answers for him are... his first name and his first divisional command.
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Smiled a lot. Commanded in Italy after the Allies invaded.
'Lowe der Abwehr'. 'Fuhrer's fireman.' Commander of Ninth Army at Kursk. Last command was Army Group B . Shot himself when the army group was surrounded in the Ruhr pocket in April 1945.
Was promoted to field marshal, January 1943. Surrendered to the Russians a few hours after receiving the news of his new rank. The shortest time for an officer to be an active field marshal in history?
Oldest and most senior officer in the Wehrmacht. Commanded Army Group South at the start of Operation Barbarossa.
Gerd von Rundstedt
Saw no combat. Hitler referred to him as "my rubber stamp".
Was commander-in-chief of the army for a while until Operation Barbarossa became ugly.
Walther von Brauchitsch
Considered by many to be the best of the bunch.
Erich von Manstein
Fought in Russia. One of the more humane of the lot. He died in captivity in Russia.
Ewald von Kleist
Commands - 16th Army, Army Group Centre, Army Group Northwest. Was in command of Army Group Centre when the Russians launched 'Operation Bagration'. Surrendered to Montgomery at Luneberg Heath near Hamburg, 1945.
Commands - 98th Mountain Regiment, 6th Mountain Division, Army Group Centre. Last commander-in-chief of the army (served nominally in that position from April 5th to the surrender). Told his men (Army Group Centre) to fight on in Czechoslovakia and then promptly deserted them to the Russians, flying off to surrender to the Americans in Austria.
Considered an expert in armoured warfare.
Leading July Plot conspirator. Was to take over conmand of the army if the plot succeeded. Executed.
Erwin von Witzleben
Commanded 4th Army - Poland, France, Operation Barbarossa. Replaced Army Group Centre commander. Fencesitter July Plot.
Gunther von Kluge
His fourth cousin was shot down by a beagle in WW1.
Wolfram von Richthofen
Commanded Army Group Centre at the start of Operation Barbarossa. Killed in an air raid in Germany, 1944.