Runstedt Gerd von (Rundstedt)( Field-Marshal Germanic army)
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Rundstedt, Gerd von (Rundstedt), (1875-1953), Field-Marshal Germanic army. Born December 12, 1875 in Aschersleben. In 1932 with the rank of Oberst (Colonel General), he was appointed commander of the 1 st Army Group in Berlin. In February 1938, along with fourteen other senior officers von Rundstedt was dismissed from the armed forces as a result of the case Blomberg-Fritsch. In August 1939 he was returned to the army as Chief of Staff of Army Group South. In May-June 1940 von Rundstedt was Chief of Staff of Army Group on the Western Front. In this position he was in the main responsibility for the conduct of the French campaign. In recognition of his services July 19, 1940, Hitler awarded von Rundstedt rank of field marshal.
During the attack on the Soviet Union von Rundstedt in command of Army Group South. Its task was to yield to the Black Sea, the capture of Rostov and Maikop oil fields, and then throw on Stalingrad. Due to disagreements with Hitler over the strategy of fighting in Russia, von Rundstedt was dismissed on Dec. 12, 1941. March 1, 1942 he was appointed Chief of Staff of the western group of troops to replace General Erwin von Witzleben, the post he has held, with brief interruptions until March 1945. July 2, 1944, Hitler, infuriated by the fact that von Rundstedt was unable to prevent the intrusion of the Anglo-American troops in Normandy, suspended him from office, appointing in his place of Field Marshal Gunther Hans von Kluge.
. In 1942 von Rundstedt became aware of the conspiracy of senior officers with a view to removing Hitler from power
. Although von Rundstedt was never a convinced Nazi, he refused to take part in the conspiracy, saying the general Erwin Rommel: "You are young and popular among the people. You need to implement this ". After the failure of the July 1944 conspiracy loyal oath of allegiance to the Fuhrer von Rundstedt, presided at the officer's court of honor, sorting out the guilt of the conspirators, and expelled them from the army, even before they are brought before the People's Tribunal. Swan song von Rundstedt was offensive in the Ardennes in December 1944, which never managed to stop the advance of allied troops. Died von Rundstedt in Hanover February 24, 1953.