Briefly Zeitzler

briefly Zeitzler (* 9. June 1895 in Gossmar with Luckau in Brandenburg; † 25. September 1963 in Hohenaschau in Upper Bavaria) was a general staff boss of the army during 2. World war.


to 23. It occurred March 1914 the army , where it fought also in the First World War.

During its participation in the 1. World war it was promoted because of special bravery to officer. Between 1919 and 1937 he was staff officer in the realm resistance. In this period it was promoted also to lieutenant colonel.

Later it was appointed into the supreme command of the army. The Colonel Zeitzler at the 1 became. June 1939 carries. Since September 1939 he was a boss of the general staff XXII. Army corps with the 14. Army. In this function Zeitzler participated also in the Poland campaign . Starting from March 1940 he was a boss of the general staff of the group of tanks of A, under v. Kleist, with which it fought in France, on the Balkans and in Russia. To 18. May 1941 was lent Zeitzler the knight cross.

Starting from 5. October 1941 he was a boss of the general staff with the 1. Tank army. The transport to the major general took place at the 1. February 1942. In the April of this yearly he becomes a boss of the general staff of the army group D, under v. Rundstedt. With the jumping over of the lieutenant general took place to 24. September 1942 the appointment as the general of the infantry and at the same time to the boss of the general staff of the army, as successors of Franz Halder.

By the appointment Zeitzlers to the general staff boss of the army expected Hitler more support for its risky war guidance.

During the crisis of Stalingrad it came then to heavy conflicts between Zeitzler and Hitler, after Zeitzler, on urge of general Paulus, asked several times for it, a retreat and/or. Outbreak of the 6. To agree army. This unjustified demand was categorically rejected by Hitler.

After the surrender of the 6. Army succeeded it to Zeitler however to receive retreat instructions for the troops before Moscow and Leningrad.

In January 1944 the transport took place to the general-upper. When he asked Hitler then in the further process of the years 1943/44 and the associated defeats of the German armed forces , with Kursk (July 1943) and on the Krim, which Sinnlosigkeit of further fighting understood, it for his separation. This request was rejected however four times by Hitler. To 10. July 1944 took place then the separation, for health reasons, via Hitler. Its successor Heinz Guderian was appointed. To 31. January 1945 took place the final Verabschiedung from the armed forces.

At the conspiracy against Hitler, those with the failed assassination attempt to 20. July 1944 ended, did not participate to Zeitzler not. Its aide Günther Smend had tried in vain to induce Zeitzler to the participation. After completion of the Second World War Zeitzler to at the end of of February 1947 was in British war shank. Zeitzler died briefly 1963 in Hohenaschau in the Chiemgau (Upper Bavaria).


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