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Hitler's adjutants.

Postby robhill on 18 Sep 2004 21:56

Could anyone please tell me what's the score on Hitler's adjutants? Julius Schaub. Wilhelm Burgdorf and Otto Guensche are all said to be his adjutants at about the same time. how could this be? What actually was their jobs? Thanks... Rob.
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Postby Mark Costa on 19 Sep 2004 04:14

Hitler had many different adjutants for a variety of different functions. His chief adjutant was SA Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Brueckner who held this title from around 1922-1940. He was dismissed over a very petty incident involving another adjutant Max Wuensche.

Brueckner was replaced by Hitler's other main adjutants SS Obergruppenfuhrer Julius Schaub. Schaub acted as Hitler Factotum in just about every aspect of his private life. All adjutant technically were under his control -- although that was not always the case.

Othe adjutants included the following:

SS Ordenance Officers and SS Adjutants:

Ludwig Bahls -- 1938-39
Max Wuensche 1939-40
Hans George Schulze 1940-41
Hans Pfeiffer 1941-1942
Richard Schulze 1942-44
Fritz Darges 1943-44
Otto Guensche 1944-45

And there were military adjutants such as Von Below Hitler's Luftwaffe Adjutant. Rudolf Schmundt his army and chief military adjutant, Karl Jesco Von Puttkamer, Naval adjutant.

Albert Bormann --- Personal adjutant assigned to Hitle's personal office.

And the list goes on.

Bruno Gesche --- Head of his SS Fuhrerbegleitkommando
Erich Kempka --- SS chauffer
Karl Wihlm Krause -- head SS valet
Heinz Linge -- Head SS valet

etc etc.



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Postby Manstein on 19 Sep 2004 04:18

A list of Hitler's adjutants (I think):

Otto Günsche (1917-2003) - Hitler's SS adjutant

Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer (1900-1981) - Hitler's naval adjutant.

Friedrich Hossbach (1894-1980) - Hitler's military adjutant until 1938.

Rudolf Schmundt (1896-1944) - Hitler's military adjutant until his death in 1944.

Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895-1945) - Hitler's military adjutant, 1944-5.

Wilhelm Brückner (1884-1954) - Hitler's adjutant until 1940.

Julius Schaub (1898-1967) - Hitler's adjutant, 1940-5.

Max Wünsche (1914-1995) - SS adjutant to Hitler before Günsche.

Nicolaus von Below (1907-1983) - Luftwaffe adjutant to Hitler.

In addition, a list of some important liaisons to the Fuehrer:

Karl Wolff (1900-1984) - Himmler's liaison to Hitler until 1943.

Hermann Fegelein (1906-1945) - Himmler's liaison to Hitler until Fegelein's execution.

Walther Hewel (1904-1945) - Ribbentrop's liaison to Hitler.

Karl Bodenschatz (1890-1979) - Goering's liaison to Hitler.
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Postby Roderick on 19 Sep 2004 15:37

Mark Costa wrote:His chief adjutant was SA Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Brueckner who held this title from around 1922-1940. He was dismissed over a very petty incident involving another adjutant Max Wuensche.


Would you please give details about this fact?

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Postby Max Williams on 19 Sep 2004 18:09

Roderick wrote:
Mark Costa wrote:His chief adjutant was SA Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Brueckner who held this title from around 1922-1940. He was dismissed over a very petty incident involving another adjutant Max Wuensche.


Would you please give details about this fact?

Roderick


Try using the search facility. You'll find this particular incident described here:
viewtopic.php?t=55111&start=0
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Postby Mark Costa on 19 Sep 2004 22:19

Manstein,

Fritz Darges was Hitler's SS adjutant before Otto Guensche, not Max Wuensche. Wuensche was Hitler's Ordanance Officer not his SS Adjutant.


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Postby ohrdruf on 20 Sep 2004 21:55

There are errors in the attributed listings of military ADCs.

Von Puttkamer was the Kriegsmarine ADC throughout the war.

Von Below was Luftwaffe ADC througout the war.

Major (on leaving, Generalleutnant) Gerhard Engel was Army (OKH) ADC 1938-1943. I do not have a note of his replacement, but remember from reading von Below's memoirs that the officer spent most of his time trying to extricate himself from the post.

General Schmundt was OKW ADC, the most senior military adjutant, until his death as a result of the July 1944 assassination attempt. He was succeeded by General Burgdorf, who remained in office until his disappearance 2 May 1945.
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Postby Petterson on 11 Oct 2004 07:21

Mark Costa wrote:
Brueckner was replaced by Hitler's other main adjutants SS Obergruppenfuhrer Julius Schaub. Schaub acted as Hitler Factotum in just about every aspect of his private life. All adjutant technically were under his control -- although that was not always the case.

Mark Costa


Was this Julius Schaub always present when Hitler met visitors?
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hitlers adjutants

Postby waffen on 11 Oct 2004 07:29

:D thanks max for your post i enjoyed the detail. seems the fuhrer changed his adjutants on a yearly basis is there more info on how or why that evolved???..... max wuenshe was only 24 and went on to lead part of the 12ss in the final push through the ardennes. he survived the war :wink:
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Postby chrish on 13 Oct 2004 18:41

Luftwaffe Adjutant:

Hauptmann Curt Mantius : 1935 – 1937 (killed in air crash Juni 1937)
Oberst von Below: 1937 – 1945
Gerhard von Szymonski: (VII – X 1944, substitute after July attempt)

Kriegsmarine Adjutant:

Karl Jesko von Puttkamer: 1935 – August 1938
Alvin Albrecht: August 1938 – October 1939
Karl Jesko von Puttkamer: October 1939 – 1945

Wehrmacht Adjutant:

Friedrich Hossbach: 1934 – 1938
Rudolf Schmundt: I 1938 – VII 1944
Erik von Amsberg : VII – X 1944 (substitute after July attempt)
Wilhelm Burgdorf: X 1944 - 1945

Heer Adjutant:

Gerhard Engel: III 1938 – IX 1943
Heinrich Borgmann: IX 1943 – VII 1944
Willi Johannmeyer: VII – XII 1944 (substitute after July attempt)
Heinrich Borgmann: XII 1944- 1945
Willi Johannmeyer: IV - V 1945


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Postby Helly Angel on 13 Oct 2004 19:53

chris,

Thanks! which is the difference between "Heer" and "Wehrmacht" in that list?

Best,
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Postby chrish on 14 Oct 2004 09:46

Information all according to Belov's memory: "I was Hitler's Adjutant"

regards

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Postby ohrdruf on 14 Oct 2004 14:29

Helly Angel

"Heer" is Army. "Wehrmacht" is senior branch coordinating activities of all three arms of service. Incidentally, Army ADC Gerhard Engel left Adjuntantur 1.4.1943, which leaves a six month period not accounted for.
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Hitler's Adjutants: Borgmann

Postby Borg on 24 Sep 2006 18:31

Hello:
I appreciate all the information provided on Heinrich Borgmann.

Awarded during Polish German war.
Hitler's Heer Adjutant
Wounded during the July 20, 1944 attack at Rastenberg.
Replaced.
Returns to duty.
Assigned to a Volksgenadier Division in the West.
Wounded in aircraft attack.
Dies Magdeburg Hospital.

* Edith Borgmann (Zwillinge) worked at the Reichschancellery and was killed in a bombing July 29, 1944. To the best of my knowledge the two were not related. Rumours that Heinrich or Edith Borgmann were seen and survived the war are incorrect.
** phonetic spelling Borchmann ( 16th SS FS Breslau)
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