June 9, 2014

A General’s Death

Rommel’s funeral at Ulm

Erwin Rommel’s funeral at Ulm, on October 18, 1944. An interesting question may be how many German generals died during World War II. According to French L. MacLean’s “Quiet Flows the Rhine”, J.J. Fedorowicz, 1996: 
  • Two hundred twenty three were killed in action or died of their wounds; 
  • thirty died due to accidental reasons; 
  • sixty four committed suicide; 
  • twenty were executed by the Nazi regime and 
  • thirty two were listed as missing in action.

Of the above mentioned one hundred and sixty eight were commanding various formations at the time of their death. If we list them by their grade we find: 
  • one Field Marshal; 
  • one General; 
  • twenty five Lieutenant Generals; 
  • sixty seven Major Generals and 
  • seventy four Brigadier Generals.
Also, five Waffen-SS generals were killed in action, three died of their wounds and eight committed suicide.

MacLean, French L. Quiet Flows the Rhine. Winnipeg: J.J. Fedorowicz, 1996.

Photo attribution
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-J30704/CC-BY-SA-3.0-de, via Wikimedia Commons