Werner von Fritsche (Fritsch)( Colonel General, Chief of the land forces of Germany)
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Fritsch, Werner von (Fritsch), (1880-1939), Colonel-General, Chief of the Land Forces of Germany in 1935-38. Born August 4, 1880 in Benrath. At age 18, joined the army, showing the high quality, attracted the attention of senior officers of the General Staff. In 1901, when Fritsche was only 21 years old, he was invited to the Military Academy. In 1911 with the rank of 1 st Lieutenant, he was appointed to the post in the General Staff. During the Weimar Republic, he served in the Reichswehr. Like his colleague, Werner von Blomberg, Fritsch was a staunch supporter of good-neighborly relations with Soviet Russia. Calm, patient, conscious of his duty, Fritsch interested only military service. He had little contact with women and never married. In 1930, he commanded a cavalry division in Frankfurt an der Oder and became one of the leading officers of the General Staff. In July 1932 Fritsche was awarded the title of lieutenant general.
. The Nazis came to power, the lawlessness of Hitler associates, the suppression of civil liberties in the country had a strong impact on Fritsch, however, from openly criticizing the regime he still refrained
. Among the most worried that Hitler's anti-Bolshevik attacks may lead to an unwanted war with the Soviet Union. In 1934, Fritsch was appointed commander of ground forces, and in 1935 - commander. However, von Blomberg, he participated in the creation of new armed forces of Germany - Wehrmacht. November 5, 1937 Fritsch Hossbahskom attended the meeting at which Hitler outlined his aggressive intentions.
Fritsch was shocked by Hitler's plans of starting a war at a time when the army was not ready for it. Hitler never forgave him dissent. Once fabricated Goering and Himmler accused of homosexual Fritsch was forced to resign on Feb. 4, 1938. He was replaced by General Walther von Brauchitsch. The officers' court of honor is fully justified Fritsch, he was again drafted into the army before the 2-nd World War. Fritsch was killed in battle near Warsaw, September 22, 1939. Eyewitnesses claimed that Colonel General Fritsch specifically sought death on the battlefield.