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Günther von Kluge

Günther von Kluge (nicknamed "Hans") (October 30, 1882 - August 19, 1944), was a German military leader. He was born into a Prussian military family. Kluge was the master of Blitzkrieg and became a Field Marshall of Germany in July 1940.

During World War I he was a staff officer, and in 1918 was at the battle of Verdun.

By 1936 he was a Lieutenant general and in 1937 took command of Sixth Army Group which became the German Fourth Army which he led in Poland during 1939. He opposed the plan to attack westward. He led the Fourth Army in its attack through the Ardennes that culminated in the fall of France.

He was commander of Army Group Center on the Russian Front and became commander of the German forces in the West (Oberbefehlshaber West). On October 27 1943, Kluge was badly injured when his car overturned on the Minsk-Smolensk road. He was unable to return to duty until July 1944.

The head of the German military resistance, Henning von Tresckow, served as his chief of staff of Army Group Center. Kluge was somewhat involved in the military resistance. He knew about von Tresckow's plan to shoot Hitler during a visit at Army Group Center. Kluge, however, refused to provide any support to the conspirators of the July 20 plot as soon as he found out that Hitler had survived Stauffenberg's assassination. He was appointed as von Rundstedt's replacement as Commander-in-chief West.

He was recalled to Berlin for a meeting with Hitler after the failed Coup of Stauffenberg; thinking that Hitler would punish him as a conspirator, he committed suicide on the plane to Berlin. Thus died a brilliant proponent of Blitzkrieg.


 
German Field Marshals (Generalfeldmarschall) of World War II

Werner von Blomberg | Hermann Göring | Walther von Brauchitsch | Albert Kesselring | Wilhelm Keitel | Günther von Kluge | Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb | Fedor von Bock | Wilhelm List | Erwin von Witzleben | Walther von Reichenau | Erhard Milch | Hugo Sperrle | Gerd von Rundstedt | Erwin Rommel | Georg von Küchler | Erich von Manstein | Friedrich Paulus | Ewald von Kleist | Maximilian von Weichs | Ernst Busch | Wolfram von Richthofen | Walther Model | Ferdinand Schörner | Robert Ritter von Greim

Honorary: Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli

 
German Grand Admirals (Großadmiral) of World War II

Erich Raeder | Karl Dönitz

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