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Wever, Walther

Date of birth:
November 11th, 1887 (Wilhelmsort/Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
June 3rd, 1936 (Klotzsche/Saxonia, Germany)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


Walther Wever was born November 11th, 1887 in Wilhelmsort, the son of Arnold Wever. After having graduated from the Gymnasium in Steglitz, he attended Officer’s school in Schweidnitz from 1905 onwards.
At the end of 1914, during the First World War, Wever was appointed Adjutant 21.Infanterie-Brigade. From 1915 onwards he had postings at various general staffs. In the spring of 1917 he was posted to the Operationsabteilung Obersten Heeresleitung (directory of operations supreme command of the army) under Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg.
After World War One he remained in the Reichswehr and served on the general staff of Gruppenkommado 1 in Berlin; subsequently, in October 1921 he was posted to the general staff of Division 7 in Munich. Between 1924 and 1927 he served as Chief of a Company. In February 1927, Wever was appointed Referent Heeres-Abteilung vom Truppenamt and he became Battalioncommander in 1929. In 1932 he became Leiter Heeresausbildungsabteilung im Truppenamt. From September 11st, 1933 onwards, he served as Leiter Luftkommandoamt of the Ministry of Aviation. At the introduction of conscription in March 1935 his function was renamed Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe.
June 3rd, 1935, Wever went to Dresden to read a paper in the Luftkriegsakademie (Air Force Academy). While there he received notification of the death of a German war hero and he returned to Berlin immediately. His plane crashed on the retun flight, killing Wever.
Wever had two sons who both were officers in the Luftwaffe during the war, Günther Wever (1920-2004) and Walther Wever (1923-1945).

1906: Leutnant;
1914: Oberleutnant;
June 1915: Hauptmann;
1930: Oberstleutnant;
1933: Oberst;
October 1934: Generalmajor;
1936: Generalleutnant.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Stabchef Generalstab Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 11th, 1935
Gemeinsames Flugzeugfuhrer-Beobachter Abzeichen mit Brillianten