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     Gerd von Rundstedt    




Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt 
(12.12.1875 - 24.2.1953)
place of birth:  Aschersleben, Herzogtum Anhalt


B
orn in Saxony-Anhalt
as the son of an aristocratic Prussian Major General. During World War I, as a major, he served as chief of general staff for three different army corps, and he also was a staff officer for the German military governments in Antwerp and Warsaw. After the war, as a lieutenant colonel in the Reichswehr, he commanded the 3rd military district which included Berlin. He reportedly took part in the clandestine effort to rearm Germany. Rundstedt later was promoted field marshal during World War Two, serving as Commander-in-Chief of the Western Theater (1942-45). He was regarded by Eisenhower and Montgomery as Germany's best commander.

 
Assignments and Commands  (pre-War)
01.04.1888 Kadettenanstalt - Oranienstein
01.04.1890 Preußische Hauptkadettenanstalt - Berlin/Groß Lichterfelde
22.03.1892 Fähnrich
22.03.1892 Infanterie-Regiment ,,von Wittlich (3. Kurhessisches) Nr. 83 - Kassel  (Adjutant )
17.06.1893 Leutnant
12.09.1902 Oberleutnant
01.10.1904 Preußische Kriegsakademie - Berlin
01.04.1907 Großer Generalstab - Berlin
24.03.1907 Hauptmann
01.10.1910 XI. Armeekorps - Kassel  (on Scheffer-Boyadel's General Staff)
13.09.1912 2. Ober-Elsässisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 171 -  Colmar  (Coy Cdr)
30.07.1912 22. Reserve Infanterie-Division  (Ia in Liman von Sanders General Staff)
   
Assignments and Commands  (during Great War)
02.08.1914 22. Reserve Infanterie-Division 
00.11.1914 convalescent leave
28.11.1914 Major
00.12.1914 Kaiserliche Deutsche General-Gouvernement Belgien - Antwerp  (Staff Officer)
01.04.1915 86. Infanterie-Division  (von Gronau's Chief of Staff)
00.07.1915 convalescent leave
00.09.1915 Kaiserliche Deutsche General-Gouvernement Polen - Warschau   (Ib in General Staff)
01.11.1916 XXV. Reservekorps  (Ia in Richthofen's General Staff)
01.10.1917 ? Armeekorps  (Chief of Staff)
01.08.1918 XV. Armeekorps  (Ilse's Chief of Staff)
   
Pour le Merite:  n/a
highest rank:  Major  (GFM during WW2)


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