Messenger, a military historian and defense analyst who served as an officer in the UKAEs Royal Tank Regiment, offers a biography of Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
(1875-1953), a German commander during World War II.
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.
He reported to Field Marshall Gerd von Rundstedt
, which caused some animosities, since responsibilities were assigned by Adolf Hitler.
It was indeed ironic that, just as the British command courted defeat and Field-Marshal Montgomery consented to a harried withdrawal across the Rhine., German Field-Marshal Model reported to his superior, Field-Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
, that the situation along the Lower Rhine was deteriorating dramatically and that, for the past week, he had been able to do no more than delay British actions.
"Questions Put to General Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
by Major General O.P.
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
. Hardly less relevant is that Manstein, Rundstedt, and several other senior commanders embodied the high traditions of the German General Staff.
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.