Caption: He merely accepted the orders: Forces under the military leadership of General Gerd von Rundstedt
achieved the shocking breakthrough of French lines, trapping the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) at Dunkirk.
Questions Put to General Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
by Major General O.
Meanwhile, an even stronger Army Group South, under Colonel-General Gerd von Rundstedt
, would punch between the larger Polish forces facing it, push east all the way to Lvov, but also assault Warsaw from the west and north.
Manstein's plan, no matter how brilliant, would never have seen the light of day had it not been given a sympathetic hearing not only by Hitler--bold ideas were very much to his liking--but also by Manstein's rather conservative-minded commander, General Gerd von Rundstedt
There are some slips: The Soviet tank was the T-34, not T-4, which refers to the code of the Nazi "euthanasia" campaign; the German Army of World War I was the Kaiserheer, not the Wehrmacht; the German Field Marshal was Gerd von Rundstedt
, not Karl von Rundstet, and so forth.
Uebershar, Vogel, and Goda show that numerous officers (Erich von Manstein, Gerd von Rundstedt
, Gunther von Kluge, and Hans Guderian, to name a few) who later claimed that their sense of duty and honor had precluded their joining the anti-Hitler conspiracy accepted large, covert monetary gifts from the fuhrer.
The topics given more than a little attention include the dispute between Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt
, nominal commander of the Western Front, on how best to defend the Atlantic Wall; the plot to assassinate Hitler, Rommel's association with it, and the effect it had on how the German army fought in Normandy; and the paralysis of command on the German Western Front brought about by Hitler's meddling in what should have been the theater commanders' purview.
It was commanded by Field Marshall Gerd von Rundstedt
, who had performed a near miracle when he stabilized the German line after the Allies successfully crossed the English Channel to invade Nazi-occupied France at Normandy the preceding June.