Korten, Günther

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Korten, Günther, born 26-07-1898 in Cologne, was a German Generaloberst and Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe  in World War II. He died from injuries suffered in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler (did you know in July 1944 . Korten was born as a son of the architect Hugo Korten (1855–1931) and his wife Marie Korten (1866–1942). At the beginning of the World War I he was a cadet in the Prussian army. He served through the war in an engineering battalion. He continued his military career after the war in the Engineers, until he was selected in 1928 to participate in the secret pilot training program me in the Soviet Union. On returning to Weimar Germany he joined the “Bildstelle Berlin”. Joseph Goebbels (did you know) was next to propaganda minister also the Gauleiter of Berlin. With the rise of the nazi party started on its rearmament programme, Korten, by then a captain, formally joined the Luftwaffe of Hermann Goering (did you know) in 1934. He received training as a General Staff officer and served for several years in the Air Ministry. He was a Colonel and Chief of the General Staff of Luftflotte 4, under Generaloberst Bruno Loerzer, stationed in Austria. At the beginning of 1940, Korten was transferred to the General Staff of the Luftflotte 3  under Generalfeldmarschall Hugo Sperrle, in which he served during the Battle of France and in the Battle of Britain.

On 19 July he was promoted to Generalmajor. In January 1941 he transferred back to the 4th Air Fleet, in order to participate in the Balkans Campaign and in the assault on the Soviet Union Operation Barbarossa.

 Korten here with Albert Speer Goering and Bruno Loerzer in August 1942 was promoted to Lieutenant-General and took over the command over the Ist Fliegerkorps, which fought at the southern sector of the Eastern Front and was temporarily transferred to the “Luftwaffenkommando Don” during the Battle of Stalingrad (see Friedrich von Paulus  and Walther von Seydlitz Kurzbach At the beginning of 1943 Korten was promoted to General and in the summer replaced Generaloberst der Flieger, Alfred Keller at Luftflotte 1. Alfred Keller died old age 91, on 11-02-1974 in Berlin.

   A few weeks later, on 25 August he accepted the position of General Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe, after the former Chief of Staff Generaloberst der Flieger, Hans Jeschonnek committed suicide.

Death and burial ground of Korten, Günther.

  Korten was mortally wounded as fragments of the conference table were driven in his bodyin the Wolfsschanze near Rastenburg during the July 20 Plot in 1944, in which Oberst der Kavallerie, Graf Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler (did you know) with a bomb. Korten died two days later and his successor was General de Flieger, Werner Kreipe  Kreipe died 07-09-1967, aged 63, in Badenweiler

The 20 July threaten at the Bendlerblock in Berlin was saved by Major Otto Ernst Remer  commander of the Infantry Regiment Grossdeutschland  who refused to arrest Josef Goebbels after talking to Hitler in the Wolfschanze by phone Two days after the assassination attempt Günther Korten succumbed to his injuries, age 45, on 22-07-1944, in the military hospital attached to the Führer’s headquarters. Like the other military victims General der Infanterie, Rudolf Schmundt    and Heinz Brandt, the bomb exploded and blew one of Brandt’s legs off, Brandt died the next day 21-07-1944, age 37, after surgery in Rastenburg hospital  and was posthumously promoted to Major General by Hitler.

   

 Originally, Korten was buried in the Tannenberg Memorial, where von Hindenburg was buried too. When the Russians arrived, his body was exhumed and buried with his wife Maria, on the Friedhof Bergstraße in Steglitz, Berlin. Paul von Hindenburg    became his last resting place in the church of Marburg.

 

Cemetery and grave location of Korten, Günther.

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