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Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Kiwi Gumbootz » 15 Jun 2008 22:29

Hello
Can Any One Tell Me Who Was The Oldest And The Youngest ..
Serving/Active German Army General Or Field marshal During WW2. ?????

Did The Oldest Get A Choice To Retire ?

Thank You In Advance :)

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Potsdamerplatz » 15 Jun 2008 23:20

Adolf Galland became Germany's youngest general at the age of 29 when he was promoted in 1942.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Galland

Kurt Meyer was the youngest German general to command a division. In June 1944, Meyer was 33 when he was appointed commander of the 12th SS-Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Meyer ... ermeyer%29

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Dieter Zinke » 15 Jun 2008 23:21

The youngest: The topic has already been discussed here
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=77048&hilit=Hirschfeld+B%C3%A4renf%C3%A4nger

(try "Advanced research" in the right top of each page of our forum !! :idea: :wink: )


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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Moltke d. J. » 16 Jun 2008 09:14

German Generalfeldmarschälle don't retire and are on active duty until they are convoked to the Grand Army! So the oldest was August von Mackensen.

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Dieter Zinke » 16 Jun 2008 09:27

Potsdamerplatz wrote:Kurt Meyer was the youngest German general to command a division. In June 1944, Meyer was 33 when he was appointed commander of the 12th SS-Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.

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Unfortunately this is not correct !!
Kurt Meyer:
16.06.1944 - 06.09.1944 Kommandeur der 12. SS-Panzerdivision ”Hitlerjugend”

21.06.1943 SS-Standartenführer der Waffen-SS
06.08.1944 SS-Oberführer der Waffen-SS (with effect from 01.08.1944)
After being captured (06.09.1944) he was promoted to SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS with retroactive effect from 01.09.1944


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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby joerg » 18 Jun 2008 17:26

After Field Marshal MACKENSEN the oldest general in WWII, who served really in the army :
Probably Gen.Maj. z.V. MAX ZUNEHMER (1865-1945), holder of the WWI-Pour le merite, who served from October 1940 to April 1942 (76 years old !!!) as Kommandant of Düsseldorf.

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Doktor Krollspell » 19 Jun 2008 07:36

One Officer that was older than Zunehmer was the former Austrian WWI Feldmarshall Eduard Ritter von Böhm-Ermolli (1856-1941) who was promoted by Hitler to Generalfeldmarschall in 1940 and was made a honorary Chef of the Infanterie-Regiment 28 at the time of his death in 1941 at the age of 85. Eduard Ritter von Böhm-Ermolli was also a holder of the Pour le Mérite. See link...

http://www.geocities.com/~orion47/WEHRM ... DUARD.html


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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby trbooks » 20 Jun 2008 18:49

Adolf Galland was 29 years and 8 months old when made a general in 1942, however Dietrich Peltz was 29 years and 5 months when promoted to Generalmajor in 1943, so he was the youngest general in the Wehrmacht.

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Mikko H. » 21 Jun 2008 12:36

According to ABR website Galland was born on 19 March 1912 and promoted to Generalmajor on 1 November 1942 making him 30 years and 7+ months old when he reached that rank. Galland was appointed to the post of General der Jagdflieger on 5 December 1941, but that was a posting, not a rank -- he was an Oberst at the time.

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby trbooks » 22 Jun 2008 22:27

MY mistake you are right, so Peltz WAS the youngest general in the Wehrmacht

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby ttvon » 26 Jun 2008 06:43

Can someone tell me
Who Was The Oldest And The Youngest Generalmajor,Generalleutnant,general der..and Generaloberst...(Heer,Luftwaffe,Kriegsmarine and SS)?

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby joerg » 26 Jun 2008 15:27

For ttvon, her is part 1, the youngest Generalmajor, Gen.Lt. ...from the Heer:

Gen.Maj. : ERICH BÄRENFÄNGER, GM 20.04.1945, aged 30 years and 4 months;
Gen.Lt. (after death): HARALD VON HIRSCHFELD, GL after death, died 18.01.45, 32y./6m.;
Gen.Lt. (living): THEODOR TOLSDORFF; GL 16.3.45, 35y./5m.;
Gen.der (Kavallerie): SIEGFRIED WESTPHAL, GdK 1.2.45, 42y./10m.;
Gen.Oberst : KURT ZEITZLER, GO 30.1.44, 48y./7m.;
Gen.Feldmarschall: ERWIN ROMMEL, GFM 22.6.42, 50y./7m.

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby trbooks » 26 Jun 2008 18:14

Youngest generals was Dietrich peltz not Barenfanger.

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby Bernd R » 26 Jun 2008 18:57

is part 1, the youngest Generalmajor, Gen.Lt. ...from the Heer:


joerg just answered the follow-up question. :roll:

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Re: Oldest And Youngest Generals

Postby joerg » 27 Jun 2008 15:59

Part 2, Luftwaffe youngest generals (here is PELTZ!) :

Gen.Maj. : DIETRICH PELTZ, GM 1.11.43, 29 years/4 months;
Gen.Lt. : ADOLF GALLAND, GL 1.11.44, 32y./8m.;
Gen. der Flieger : WERNER KREIPE, GdF 1.9.44, 40y./5m.;
Gen.Oberst : HANS JESCHONNEK, GO 1.3.42, 42y./ 11m.;
Gen.Feldmarschall : HERMANN GÖRING, 4.2.38, 45y/1m.

Waffen-SS and Marine are not my areas, the oldest generals too. These parts should be create by others.
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