George Thomas (Tomas)( General Germanic army, the chief economic management RCC.)
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Thomas, George (Tomas), (1890-1946), General Germanic army, the chief economic management RCC. Born February 20, 1890 in Brandenburg. In the army since 1908. During the 1-st World War II he served in the headquarters of the various regiments, as well as the General Staff. He was awarded numerous awards, including the Order of Hohenzollern, the Iron Cross I degree, the Cross of Military Merit "and others. After the war he served in the headquarters of the 4 th Infantry Division in Dresden. In 1928-38, Thomas was Chief of Staff of artillery and logistics of the armed forces. January 1, 1938 he was awarded the rank of Major General, and soon he was appointed head of the economic management of the High Command Armed Forces of Germany (RCC). The summer of 1939, Thomas submitted a detailed report of Wilhelm Keitel, illustrated Reich's economic preparedness for war with other great powers, against which the backwardness of Germany left no doubt. Reading the report, Hitler blithely declared that the USSR would be an ally of the Reich. Realizing that Hitler was leading Germany to disaster, Thomas started out feelers among the generals with a view to removing Hitler from power, but to find like-minded people he could not. Moreover, he narrowly escaped arrest after the General Walter von Brauchitsch reported intentions Thomas Abwehr chief Wilhelm Canaris. Thomas has agreed to submit to the fate. January 1, 1940 he was awarded the rank of lieutenant-general, and on Aug. 1, 1940 - General of Infantry.
. After Germany attacked the Soviet Union, Thomas repeatedly visited an inspection tour on the Eastern Front, where he witnessed the massacres of the Jewish population
. Shaken by what he saw, Thomas, along with Baron Friedrich Falkenhauzenom Brauchitsch visited and told him that in the massacres of Jews perpetrated by the widespread in the occupied territories, there are his, Brauchitsch, wine. Marshal Thomas left a statement unanswered.
May 6, 1942, Thomas was introduced to the Board of the weapons, which work out economic exploitation of occupied territories. Then he was appointed Head of the arms of the Ministry of arms and military industry. November 20, 1942, he left this post, continuing the work in the RCC.
When Thomas finally became clear that the war was lost, he left the last attempt to put together a plot against Hitler. However, after the failure of the July 1944 conspiracy name Thomas surfaced in documents of the conspirators, he was arrested and sent to a concentration camp Flossenbц+rg first, and then to Dachau, and later to a camp in South Tyrol, where he was liberated by U.S. troops. Thomas died in 1946.