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General ID

Post by VJK » 23 May 2004 20:32

Hi!

This pic I found on e-bay, purportedly taken on an inspection visit to Wünsdorf circa 1933. Blomberg and AH I recognise, but can anyone please identify the General to the right of the pic?

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Post by FANGIO » 23 May 2004 20:47

Hi VJK!
Just a guess: Reichenau?
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Post by Stauffenberg II » 23 May 2004 20:53

Yes, this would have been my guess, too.

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Post by FANGIO » 24 May 2004 05:29

What happened to the caps of the two Officers behind Hitler (white band)?

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Post by USAF1986 » 24 May 2004 06:10

Hi! They are wearing the military umpires’ white cap band (Militärischer Schiedsrichter, weißses Kappen Band). These bands were worn by army personnel appointed to act as umpires and staff to the umpires during military exercises and training maneuvers. Military umpires also wore a white armband on the left sleeve.
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SOURCE: Davis, Brian L. German Army Uniforms and Insignia, 1933-1945. Arco Publishing Company, Inc., New York, New York, 1977.

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Post by FANGIO » 24 May 2004 14:01

Once again, thank you very much Shawn.
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Post by VJK » 24 May 2004 19:15

Thanks everyone for your input. I have to admit that I'm not 100% convinced that it is von Reichenau, though I can see some resemblance. One point to consider is the date. Unfortunately I have no real evidence other than some other pics in the same grouping which were dated 1933. Von Reichenau was promoted to Generalmajor on 1 Jan 1934. I would like to keep the post open for any other suggestions.

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Post by Svennie » 24 May 2004 20:46

Very likely not Reichenau as the late field marshal was a much more massive man

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Post by Wasa » 24 May 2004 20:48

Svennie wrote:Very likely not Reichenau as the late field marshal was a much more massive man

Sven


Hmm...maybe this was because of too many wursts later in his career.. :P :wink:

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Post by Michael Miller » 24 May 2004 21:21

Definitely Reichenau. Though not definitive proof toward identification, he appears to wear a monocle over his right eye and has the Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen (not often seen on the uniform of a General, though Reichenau was- if memory serves- an avowed sportsman who supposedly- perhaps apocryphally- swam across a Polish river at the head of his troops in Sep. 1939). I've seen him wearing this badge in at least one other photo.

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Post by VJK » 25 May 2004 07:22

Thanks Mike for the identification of the Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen - that would certainly add great weight to the argument in favour of von Reichenau. Here is another "lean and mean" pic of the GFM (as a Gen.d.Art. if I'm not mistaken in seeing 2 pips on his shoulder) where the award can just be seen. I think Wasa probably had it right - too many wursts later on in his career :D

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Post by Dieter Zinke » 25 May 2004 10:58

Hallo Michael and VJK,

indeed this is Walter von Reichenau.
He was an engaged sportsman, already before WW I belonging to the founders of the officers-department of the Berliner Sportclub (BSC).
So he organized the football-championship of the Gardekorps and promoted the boxing (bout with later Sportprofessor Dr. Carl Diem). Also engaged in tennis, riding and light athletics he established a record in discus-throwing for officers.
Since 1911 regulary cross-country races (his apoplectic fit occured in such a race).
Already in 1913 he received the Sportabzeichen (German National Sports Badge).
Educational trip in 1913 visiting the USA as attendant of the sports-functionary Dr. Diem, in order to prepare the Olympic Games planned for Berlin in 1916.

24.01.1933: foundation-session of the organization-committee for the XI. Olympic Games in Berlin, von Reichenau becomes member of the chair.
23.08.1933: foundation-session of the organization-committee for the IV. Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, von Reichenau becomes member of the chair.
In 1938 succeeding Exzellenz Dr. Theodor Lewald von Reichenau becomes german member in the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

As a member of the session of the IOC in Cairo (Egypt) on 10.03.1938 von Reichenau was recalled by Adolf Hitler on the occasion of the planned marching-in to Austria, the Fall “Otto“.

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Re: General ID

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 22 Sep 2019 16:03

This pic was at least taken after May 1934, when the breast eagle was introduced to the Heer uniforms.

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Re: General ID

Post by Frech » 22 Sep 2019 18:42

AlifRafikKhan wrote:
22 Sep 2019 16:03
This pic was at least taken after May 1934, when the breast eagle was introduced to the Heer uniforms.
I would narrow it down after 01.10.1936 when he was promoted General der Artillerie.

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