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The Most Influenced Nazi Germany General

When world war II happened, from 1939 to 1945, several high-ranking Nazi officers are still remembered today. Some names become iconic, so many people know them well today. Their iconic characters are recognized based on something they did in the past time when world war II still existed in the whole of Europe and Nazi German still had its reign all over Europe as the strongest nation. The cleverness, extraordinary, braveness, and heroic things they did make their names known to many people nowadays.

1. Johannes Erwin Eugene Rommel ( Erwin Rommel )


Erwin Rommel was a German General with many achievements in World War I. After what he did on Italian Front, he was honored as Pour De Merit. His succession made German leader Adolf Hitler commend him. He gave Rommel a Field Marshal Rank in World War II.

Later, Adolf Hitler asked Rommel to serve as the 7th Panzer (Tank) Division Commander when the Nazis invaded France in 1940. Again, Rommel did his duty entirely and made Hitler send him to help Italy in Africa. He was appointed to lead African Corps. Based on this duty, Rommel succeeded in leading African Corps and made allies surrounded. His cleverness makes people admire Erwin Rommel as the best tank commander and calls him “der Wuestenfuchs” or Desert Fox.


Because of his achievements, Rommel’s name is dedicated to the name of Germany’s largest base in Augustdorf, Field Marshal Rommel Barack. Rommel died in 1944, a year before the German defeat. The 20 July 1994 plot is the main reason Rommel died. The last attempt of German Army Officers at Hitler’s assassination. He was accused as a part of the attempt. Hitler gave him two options, but Rommel chose to suicide by drinking cyanide. After his death, Adolf Hitler still admired his cleverness and greatness as a Nazi Officer.

            2. Reinhard Tristan Eugene Heydrich

            Reinhard Heydrich is a high-ranking Nazi Germany Officer in World War II. He was the leading actor in the Holocaust idea. Most military observers stated that Reinhard was the darkest and scariest Nazi officer. Hitler addressed him “The Man with The Iron Heart”. He has no limitations. He would do anything for his Nazi Germany. Reinhard is a manipulator and ambitious for power. He was the founder of “The Final Solution”. The action to vanish all Jewish population over Europe. 

    In 1939, Himmler appointed Reinhard as the new Reich Security Main Office director. In 1941, Adolf Hitler appointed Reinhard as a Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia (now Czech). He changed Gestapo (Nazi Police Agency) becomes a killing and terror machine. At Wannsee Conference, Reinhard presented the plan to execute “The Final Solution” in Europe. During his occupation in Prague, Reinhard became hardly scared by all of society. In 1942, There was a team of Czech and Slovak's soldiers sent by the Czechoslovak government-in-exile who surprisingly ambushed to assassinate Reinhard during his usual way in his car.  Reinhard was wounded and within hours he was reported died. After Reinhard's death, Hitler sent an instruction to execute hundreds of Czech people massively. Himmler once stated that " The Reinhard's death is equal to German defeat". 

                3. Henrich Muller

    Muller was a high-ranking German Schutzstaffel (SS) and Nazi Police (Gestapo). He was the head of the Gestapo. Like Reinhard, Muller was also a primary key in planning the execution of The Holocaust. Muller was portrayed as a hard worker, cold and disciplined in all his duties. He was an anti-communist, and his ability to investigate communist activities in Munich was exceptional. 

    In 1938, Muller instructed the arrest of 30.000 Jewish during Kristallnacht. After he joined Nazi Party in 1939, He began to execute a dummy flag project called Himmler Operation Code. During the war, Muller created a successful double agency syndicate which could give false information to Soviet Intelligent. In 1944, after the failure of Hitler's assassination called the July Plot, Muller was instructed to investigate it. This investigation caused the arrest of more than 5.000 people, and 200 people among them were executed. 

    When Berlin was down and Germany surrendered, Muller was searched by the allies' troops, but finding him wasn’t easy. Muller's names in Germany are many, and remembering that Muller was the best nazi Gestapo, he could vanish without nobody knowing. Some said that Muller is still alive. The report said that Muller was last viewed on the evening of 1 May 1945, a day after Hitler and Eva Braun's suicide. The day after, everything became cold, and Muller’s sign was gone. Muller always becomes mysterious and abandons the Nazi high-ranking.j

                4. Herman Goering

            Hermann Goering was Nazi Reichmarshall veteran.He was appointed as flight minister,  Minister-President of the Free States of Prussia, and Reichstag President. In 1922, Goering met Hitler and joined the Nazi at the same time. A year later, Goering was involved in the Beer Shop Rebellion, which then He suffered a shot injury on his leg. During his recovery, Goering began to consume Morfin daily to reduce the pain. In World War II, firstly, Goering declines the Poland invasion by saying that Germany’s army is not strong enough. But after the invasion, Germany’s Luftwaffe successfully invaded Poland, Norway, and France. 
        The further battle, Goering Luftwaffe couldn’t produce a positive impact on Germany. By that day, Hitler slowly left him, excluding Goering from any important meetings and not letting him decide any decisions regarding Germany’s Luftwaffe. In 1945, Goering sent a telegram to Hitler. The content was about transferring the leadership from Hitler to Goering. Knowing that Hitler was angry. He stated that Goering was a betrayal, and shortly, Hitler asked his army to find Goering. After knowing Hitler’s death, Goering surrendered to the allies and then suicided in his jail. 

                5. Alfred-Ingemar Berndt

        Ingemar was a Waffen SS General. Schutzstaffel ( SS ) is a particular German Army unit that always has to stand with Hitler. SS was frightened by any other opposite team because of their brutality. General Ingemar was an officer from the SS-Brigadefuhrer unit or Fuhrer Brigade Unit. He was a journalist, German writer and a close collaborator to Nazi’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. As a fervent Nazi officer, Berndt was known for murdering Allied pilots in cold blood in the face of numerous witnesses. In 1945, Berndt was a commander of a 5th SS Panzer Regiment battalion and then reported killed in his duty on 28 March 1945 at Veszprem, Hungary

                6. Erich von Manstein    

        Erich Von Manstein was a German General who became the originator of war strategy during World War II. He was the most prominent General in German Army ( Wehrmacht ). In 1939, at the beginning of the Poland invasion, Manstein was a Chief of Staff to Gerd von Rundstedt’s Army. In 1940, Adolf Hitler chose Manstein’s strategy for the France invasion. He also created an innovation operation, which was then known as the Sichelschnitt. In 1941, Manstein was active in the Soviet Union invasion. He commanded the forces in the siege of Sevastopol and the Battle of Kerch Peninsula. After his duties were done, Manstein was promoted to Field Marshal and joined in another operation called the siege of Leningrad. He was also a commander at the Battle of Kursk. As he used to disagree with Hitler’s arguments, Hitler put him aside. Manstein never obtained any duty and command and then was captured and prisoned by the British in 1945, after Germany’s defeat.

                    7. Helmuth Otto Ludwig Weidling

        Ludwing was nearly executed by Adolf Hitler because Ludwig was assumed to have pulled his army without permission from the allies' battlefront. After further investigation, there was no evidence of those assumptions. At the end of Germany’s defeat, Ludwig was the last commander of the rest Berlin Defence Forces. He surrendered seconds before World War II ended in Europe. During the battle of Berlin, Ludwig commanded at least 45.000 soldiers from German Army and Waffen-SS. These soldiers were filled by the police force, boys and 40.000 men of the Volkssturm. He organized the defences into 8 main sectors. Each sector will be led by a colonel or a general with minimum combat experience. But the numerous Soviet’s army made Ludwig’s army immobilized, and in seconds, Berlin was surrounded by the Soviet. After Ludwig knew about the death of his Fuhrer and soon the Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, Ludwig was the one who had charge of the decision. He then tried to begin negotiations with the Soviets.

                8. Robert Ritter von Greim

        Robert Ritter von Greim was a Luffwafe Field Marshal General. He was appointed by Adolf Hitler in the days before Germany’s defeat after Adolf Hitler dismissed Herman Goering for treason. He was the last officer promoted to field marshal of Nazi Germany in 1945. After Germany’s defeat, Greim was captured and arrested by the Allies. He decided to suicide in an American-controlled prison on May 1945. He joined the high-ranking military after Herman Goering invited Greim to help him rebuild German Air Force in 1933. He was appointed as a new commander of the first fighter pilot school. In 1934, Greim was promoted to Major, and a year later, Greim visited the Deutsche Forschungsanstait fur Segelflug. His arrival was about to inspect and test a prototype glider leading to the development of the DFS 230 transport glider. On December 1943, Greim’s son Hubert was taken prisoner of war. He was a fighter pilot. On April 1945, Hitler ordered Ritter to leave Berlin and search and arrest Heinrich Himmler on the charge of treason.    

                9. Heinrich Himmler

        Himmler was the most famous Nazi Germany General. He was the highest General in the German Armed Forces. He was the most known because he had all the control over the police and armed force. As the Reichfuhrer-SS, He controlled SS and Gestapo and became the primary actor in Holocaust ( Jewish genocide ). On the last day of Germany’s defeat, He betrayed Hitler. He clearly created a peace agreement with the allies and attempted to surrender. Knowing this, Hitler was angry in his bunker. He shortly ordered to capture and arrest of Himmler for treason. Hitler always said that Himmler was his best General, and Hitler believed Himmler at all costs. Himmler took all responsible for Holocaust. In 1933, Himmler created the first Concentration Camp in Dachau, spreading over Germany for the next years. After being appointed Reichcommisary, Himmler had all the power over Poland. Before Gemary’s defeat, Himmler tried to get closer to the Allies through the head of the Swedish Red Cross, Prince Folke Bernadotte. After Germany’s defeat, Himmler tried to escape using his new fake identity. Still, he was captured by several SS in Niedersachsen. Himmler committed suicide by drinking cyanide in May 1945.