Rüdel, Günther.

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Military Merit Order 4th Class with Swords

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.

    He got some arguments with Generaloberst der Flieger, Ernst Udet  and with General Staff Chief General der Flieger, Hans Jeschonnek, here on the left On 01-07-941 he was relieved by the tasks of the General of the Anti-Aircraft Artillery db1edb60704a8fc934fb0571d867f2f7 with the commander in Chief of the Air Force on own desire. To 05-07-1942  he became by Adolf Hitler (did you know) the right carrying the uniform in peacetime of the in Munich stationed 5th Flak Regiment. On 01-09-1942 Rüdel withdrew surprisingly from its offices and landed into the Führer Reserve. On 01-11-1942 he was still promoted to Generaloberst. On 09-11-1942 he received the Knight Cross of the war Distinguished Service Cross with swords. To 30-11-1942 he was then discharged from the active service. In August 1944 he was appointed the honorary judge at the people’s court.

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.



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