Sunday, October 13, 2019
The good, the bad, the ugly! German style WW2.
The bad! Ferdinand Schörner.
"Ferdinand Schörner . . . was a German army officer and Nazi war criminal. He was a general and later Field Marshal in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. He commanded several army groups and was the last Commander-in-chief of the German Army."
"Schörner is commonly represented in historical literature as a simple disciplinarian and a slavish devotee of Hitler's defensive orders, after Germany lost the initiative in second half of World War II 1942/43. More recent research . . . depicts Schörner as a talented commander with 'astonishing' organizational ability in managing an army group of 500,000 men during the fighting in late 1944 on the Eastern Front. He was harsh against superiors as well as subordinates and carried out operations on his own authority against Hitler's orders when he considered it necessary"
THE STEREOTYPICAL UNREPENTANT NAZI! BUT NOT IN ALL CASES SO ABSOLUTELY OBEDIENT TO HITLER, DEFYING DIRECT ORDERS IN SOME INSTANCES.
FERDINAND A SENIOR COMMANDER MOST NOTED FOR HIS SUMMARY EXECUTIONS OF GERMAN SOLDIERS THOUGHT TO BE DESERTING, MALINGERING OR SHIRKING!
Within the context of "organizational ability" the German generals during World War Two noted for their ability on very short notice to form ad hoc credible fighting units. Making bricks without straw!