Generaloberst Rudolf Schmidt.

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Generaloberst Rudolf Schmidt.

Post by tigre » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:48 am

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Generaloberst (Colonel General) Rudolf Schmidt. Think and act in the war of annihilation.

Military career.

Rudolf Schmidt was born on May 12, 1886 in Schöneberg, near Berlin. His father was a royal Prussian private adviser, his mother a baroness from Könitz. In 1906, Schmidt joined the 3rd Kuriessian Infantry Regiment of Wittich in Kassel, where he was promoted to lieutenant in 1908. During World War I he was a member of the communications branch in various troop and staff posts on both fronts, Eastern and Western.

In the Weimar Republic, Schmidt remained in the Reichswehr, where he served as company chief in a communications detachment - 3. (Preuß.) Nachrichten-Abteilung, Potsdam - and then led the encryption department in the Truppenamt (Troops Department - General Staff of the German Army). His subsequent jobs delineated his career as a rising staff officer: Since 1928, he held various positions of Division's General Staff (6th and 3rd) as academic and tactical instructor, in 1931 he became the chief of staff of the inspection of the communications troops in the Ministry of Defense and a year later, finally, head of the "officer courses of Berlin", the subsequent War Academy. Therefore, he belonged to the circle of more capable officers of the Reichswehr who were credited with a great career. In 1934, Oberst Schmidt took over as regimental commander in Ludwigsburg, in 1935 Oberquartiermeister III in the Army General Staff (transport and resupply), in 1936, was promoted to Generalmajor. In 1937, Schmidt finally took command of the 1st Panzer Division in Weimar, a position that at that time was reserved for very few selected officers.

At that time Schmidt, like many of his comrades, was still impressed by Hitler's personality and his supposed successes. Therefore, in November 1937, he still officially spoke of the "genius of the Führer" in a recruiting association.

Source: Militärgeschichte. Zeitschrift für historische Bildung. Heft 1/2017.

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Armeeoberbefehlshaber (Army CO - 2. Pz AOK) Rudolf Schmidt in his office in Oriol, 1942 .......................................
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Re: Generaloberst Rudolf Schmidt.

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Generaloberst (Colonel General) Rudolf Schmidt. Think and act in the war of annihilation.

Conduction of the War in East and West (1939-1941).

The beginning of World War II, Schmidt experienced it as a division commander in the Polish campaign, where he established his reputation as one of the most capable armored commanders of the Wehrmacht.

On February 1, 1940 Schmidt became General Commander of the XXXIX. Army Corps (Mot.) and led this great unit in the Western campaign. On June 1 he was promoted to General de Panzertruppe and two days later he received the Knight's Cross. Despite this, Schmidt did not want to forge military success at any price. At the beginning of the western campaign, on May 14, 1940, he tried to achieve the capitulation of the city of Rotterdam peacefully and avoid at the last minute a bloody bombing, unfortunately he failed in his attempt for failures in communication with the Air Force. During the occupation of France, he demanded of his men a decent behavior toward French soldiers and civilians: looting and violence were banned and severely punished - a fundamental idea that he tried to enforce often from then on in the war against the Soviet Union.

The night before the attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, Schmidt expressed his fear to his Officer of Orders and contrary to the prevailing opinion in the Wehrmacht about the successes of the first years of the war, he thought that they were now facing to "the longest and heaviest campaign of this war". He was right. First, with his Army Corps he was subordinated to Army Group Center and since August 1941 for the attack on Leningrad to Army Group North. For his military achievements, on July 10, 1941 as the first soldier of the Ostheeres, Schmidt was decorated with the Oak Leaves for the Knights' Cross. In addition to the operational successes, he quickly recognized the brutal nature of the Eastern War: "The war here is not comparable to any other, it is so hard and bloody [...] This is certainly the most horrible, the cruelest of the 4 wars I've been through. "

Source: Militärgeschichte. Zeitschrift für historische Bildung. Heft 1/2017.

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Schmidt as Kommandierender General (Army Corps Commander) In France, June 17, 1940 ........................
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