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