Jodl, Ferdinand Alfred Friedrich, born 23-11-1896 Landau, Pfalz,
as Ferdinand Baumgärtler as son of Alfred Jodl Sr. and Therese Baumgärtler, who were not yet married at the time of his birth. The couple had also another son and three daughters, who all died young. Ferdinand entered the Army as a Fähnrich in the 4th
Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment
. He was in the fields as Battery Officer in the 3rd
Battery of the 4th
Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment. For his services during the First World War he also received the Bayerischer Militärverdienstorden IV. Klasse mit Schwertern (March 6th, 1916).
He was allowed in the new Reichswehr and with the outbreak of World War II he as an Oberstleutnant was Chief of Operations in the General Staff of the XII Army Corps, under command of General der Infanterie, Walther Schroth,
to 01-06-1940. General Ferdinand Alfred Jodl was his younger brother. The philosopher and psychologist Friedrich Alfred Jodl ,at the University of Vienna was his uncle. Ferdinand was in the Investigation Staff Albania to 06-01-1942. Chief of the General Staff of command Office North Finland and Lapland until 22-06-1942 and of the 20th
under Generaloberst Lothar Rendulic
until 01-03-1944. He landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
) OKH, to 21-04-1944. Delegated with the leadership of the XIX Mountain Corps to 01-09-1944 and Commanding General of the XIX Mountain Corps, he succeeded General der Gebirgstruppe, George Ritter von Hengl
to 25-11-1944. The Mountain Corps had more famous leaders, like General Oberst der Gebirgstruppe, Eduard Dietl
Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command, lived in Bavaria where he at the age of 59 died, on 09-06-1956. Ferdinand is buried on the Fraueninsel, an island in the Chiemsee, Bavaria. Alfred has a grave of honor there.