Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Field Marshal Von Reichenau with Wehrmacht Officers in the Eastern Front

 Generalfeldmarschall Walther von Reichenau (right, Oberbefehlshaber 6. Armee) during the Russian Campaign, accompanied by Wehrmacht officers. Behind Reichenau is Generalleutnant Max Pfeffer (Kommandeur 297. Infanterie-Division) which subordinated to 6. Armee. During its offensive into Russia, the German army was confronted with a number of superior tank designs. Reichenau inspected the Soviet tanks he came across, entering each tank and measuring its armour plate. According to general staff officer Paul Jordan, after examining a T-34, Reichenau told his officers "If the Russians ever produce it on an assembly line we will have lost the war." On 19 December 1941, Hitler sacked Walther von Brauchitsch as Commander-in-Chief and tried to appoint Reichenau to the post. But the senior Army leaders rejected Reichenau as being "too political", and Hitler appointed himself instead. The picture was taken in autumn 1941 by Alois Beck

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