Rüdel, Günther, born 15-11-1883 in Metz, entered the Army on 05-07-1902 as a Fähnrich in the Königlich Bayerische Armee with the 3rd Königlich Bayerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment “Prinz Leopold”. He was promoted to Leutnant on 09-03-1904. He was not in the fields of the first war but served in the Staff and the Kriegsnministrium. Awarded with both the Iron Crosses as a Hauptmann and appointed as Officer with special duties in the Prussian War Ministry and member of the Prussian Artillery Test Commission from 15-01-1915 until 09-02-1919. Rüdel stood up to Adolf Hitler in the Beer Hall Putsch, the failed 1923 coup d’état against the Weimar Republic government, stopping him from shooting an official with his pistol. His grandson, John Crane, a civilian US military executive in charge of its whistleblower protection unit, himself became a whistleblower in 2013
Accepted in the new Reichswehr after the war with the Reichswehr Ministry. Promoted to Oberst on 01-12-1931. On 01-10-1934 he was appointed as a Generalmajor and Inspector of the Flak Artillery and Air Defense Office in the Reichswehr Luftwaffe Ministry. Promoted to General of the Flak Artillery on 01-10-1937 and with the mobilization of the Army in 1939 he was the General of Flak Artillery with the Highest Command of the Air Defense. At the beginning of World War II, his son Hansthen a 17th Calvary Regiment Leutnant, was killed in action on 05-09-1939, a few days after the start of WWII. Beginning 1940 Günther Rudel was Commander of Air Defense and Inspector of Air Defense.
Death and burial ground of Rüdel, Günther.
Living in Munich, Generaloberst Günther Rüdel died at the age of 66, on 22-04-1950 and is buried with his wife Liane, born Creutz, who died at the very old age of 95, on 08-06-1990, on the Waldfriedhof of Munich..
Also buried here are Commander of the Troops Exercise Grounds in Maria ter Heide, Heinrich Curtze, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Wehrmacht Operaties Staff, Ernst Detleffsen, Franz Ritter von Epp, Generalmajor der Kavallerie, Staff of the Inspector of Land Fortifications West, Gero von Gersdorf, Oberst der Wehrmacht, Highest German Commander on D-Day , Normandy, Ernst Goth, SS Obergruppenführer, Kommandeur General II SS Panzerkorps, Paul Hausser, SS Obersturmführer, Chef 1./SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 38 “Goetz von Berlichingen”, Bruno Hinz, Generaloberst der Flakartillerie, Günther Rüdel, Generalmajor der Flieger, Commander of the Air Defend Division, Max Ibel, aircraft designer, Hugo Junkers, General der Panzertruppe,Kommandeur der 4th Panzerdivision , Dietrich von Saucken, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftregio Truppe 3, Ernst Weber, the bearer of the Nazi blood flag SS Standartenführer, Jacob Grimminger , the scientist Werner Heisenberg, Generalmajor der Gebirgstruppe, Kommandeur der Jäger Regiment 100, Otto Schury, Goering’s second wife, Emmy Goering Sonnemann and the famous film maker Leni Riefenstahl. “Triumpf of the Will” , the film chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg.