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Blomberg, von, Werner Eduard Fritz

    Date of birth:
    September 2nd, 1878 (Stargard/Pommern, German Empire)
    Date of death:
    March 13th, 1946 (Nurenberg, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    Werner von Blomberg (1878-1946), Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht, was a career soldier. Von Blomberg was appointed by Hitler to the position of Reichswehr Minister on the recommendation of Paul von Hindenburg. He was an enthusiastic advocate of rearmament. Von Blomberg opposed Ernst Roehm's plans for incorporation of the SA into the German army and played an integral role in the putsch against Roehm. In 1935 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht and promoted in 1936 to Field Marshal. Goering and Himmler engineered von Blomberg's removal from office in 1938, but before his dismissal, von Blomberg convinced Hitler to take personal command of the Wehrmacht. He died in American detention at Nuremberg.

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    Rank:
    Hauptmann
    Awarded on:
    September 13th, 1911
    Königlicher Kronen-Orden IV. Klasse
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann
    Awarded on:
    September 18th, 1914
    Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann
    Awarded on:
    1914
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Rank:
    Major
    Awarded on:
    October 7th, 1916

    With swords
    Ritter des Königlicher Preussischer Hausordens von Hohenzollern
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Rank:
    Major
    Awarded on:
    October 30th, 1916
    Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Rank:
    Major
    Awarded on:
    June 3rd, 1918
    Pour le Mérite
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)

    With swords
    Ritterkreuz I. Klasse des Königlich Sächsischer Albrechtsordens
    Rank:
    Generalfeldmarschall (Fieldmarschall)
    Unit:
    Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht
    Awarded on:
    January 30th, 1937
    Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der NSDAP

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