Gunter BLUMENTRITT (Blumentritt)( General Wehrmacht.)
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Biography Gunter BLUMENTRITT (Blumentritt)
Blumentritt, Gц+nther (Blumentritt) (1892-1967), General Germanic army. Born February 10, 1892 in Munich. Army career began in 1911 in 71 th Infantry Regiment. In 1938 was promoted to colonel and became chief of the department of the General Staff training. Led the development of operations for General Gerd von Rundstedt, presented plans for operation "Weiss" (the invasion of Poland). In 1939-40 commander of Army Group South, in 1940-42 - is also chief of staff. In June 1941 during an attack on the Soviet Union Blumentritt was chief of staff of 4-th Army.
. In December 1944 Blumentritt with Field Marshal Walter Model, General Hasso von Manteuffel and Sepp Dietrich SS generals tried to persuade Hitler to negotiate with a view to end the war, but to no avail
. In early 1945, before the defeat of the Third Reich, Hitler appointed Blumentritta commander of 1 st Airborne Army (Army Blumentritta) on the Western Front. In 1952, Blumentritt published a book of memoirs about his commander: "Von Rundstedt, soldiers and people," which told of the extraordinary low morale among the top army during the Russian campaign.
. Simultaneously Blumentritt admired fighting qualities of Russian soldiers and Russian tanks T-34 - "terrible weapon, which had a breastplate is so powerful that the German anti-tank shells simply bounced off them"
. He mentions the despair felt by all, with the onset of winter, and winter clothing was not at hand, and before him appeared the ghost of Napoleon's army, just marching on Moscow. He argued that "instinctive orders from Hitler not to retreat, was motivated by the fact that the retreat in unprepared positions in the open space of Russia, is tantamount to suicide".
Blumentritt (Blumentritt) Gunter (10.2.1892, Munich - 12.10.1967, Munich) military leader, General Corps (1944). In 1911 joined the 71 th Infantry Regiment. Since 1938 Head of the General Staff of the Army. Led the development of plans for military operations in t.ch. plan "Weiss" (war with Poland). Since 1940 Chief of Staff 4-Army. From 1942 to July 1944 Chief of Staff of Army Group South, Field-Marshal D. von Rundstedt. In October 1944, not long commanded the 86-th Army Corps, from October 1944 - 12-m hull SS. In December 1944, together with the General-Field Marshal in. Models, general X. von Manteuffel, and I. Dietrich tried to convince a. Hitler to begin negotiations with the allies of a separate peace. Since January 1945 commanded the 25 th Army, and from March 1945 - 1 st Army parachute. While in captivity, has collaborated with the American military-historical commission. Author of memoirs and a large number of military-historical works on the history of the 2-nd World War.