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.
Some have placed the blame for the idea upon General von Rundstedt
, but Rundstedt
told Major Milton Shulman, a Canadian intelligence officer, after the war that it was not his decision: "My hands were tied by direct orders from Hitler himself....
Characters in the book include: Stauffenberg, Hitler, Goering, Speer, Rommel, von Rundstedt
, Kesselring, Raeder, Doenitz, Neville Chamberlin, Winston Churchill, and other British and German soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians.
(39) Wehrkreis III Foreign Language Examinations; and Charles Messenger, The Last Prussian: A Biography of Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
1875-1953 (London: Brassey's, 1991), 13.
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.
In fact, several of these former German officers served as military consultants to the film, including General Gunther Blumentritt, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
's Chief of Operations in France at the time of the invasion; Major Werner Pluskat, officer in the 352nd Artillery battalion and the first German to see the Allied invasion fleet on June 6 as he peered out through his binoculars and the fog lifted over the beach early that morning; General Max Pemsel, Chief of Staff of the 7th Army who coordinated the first German response to Operation Overlord; and Vice Admiral Friedrich Ruge, Field Marshal Rommel's Naval Advisor at the time.
American officials (including the departing Robert Jackson) worried that such trials would stoke Communist propaganda against "capitalism." Some of the best known and most senior German generals (such as Field Marshals Gerd von Rundstedt
and Erich von Manstein) were also spared prosecution on the insistence of U.S.
Though the order was issued in Hitler's name, it was Von Rundstedt
Having defeated the Poland army in a mere two weeks, where von Manstein served as chief of staff of von Rundstedt
's southern army group, the Germans turned their attention to France.
I found another interesting tidbit while looking at the questions that Weyland had written for intelligence officers to ask captured German field marshal Karl von Rundstedt
. At the bottom of a typed page with questions for von Rundstedt--having to do with the United States Army Air Forces' performance versus the Luftwaffe--Weyland wrote in an undated entry, "Russian AF vs Am.
pitched in his best, the Soldiers everywhere would stick.
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.
(Montgomery, Puritan though he was, insisted that his men be taught the French term for 'French letter'.) General Thompson also shows that it was the German High Command, especially von Rundstedt
, and not Hitler, who made their fatal decision to weaken the pursuit of the defeated Allies to Dunkirk.
Specifically, they have enough shares not to be stymied by the collective action conundrum, their holdings are sufficiently concentrated and undiversified to provide an incentive to act in a chosen instance, they do not have trouble attracting like-minded and unconflicted hedge-fund and other allies, they are more than willing to pay expensive lawyers to dodge the legal obstacles, and they care as much about management's power to stop them as General von Rundstedt
did about the Maginot Line in the Spring of 1940.
He was born in 1925 and grew up in Queens In 1943, he joined the Army and, the following year, found himself as an infantryman fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, which Menashe and his fellow soldiers knew as "the von Rundstedt
offensive" after the Nazi general who led it.