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anemone
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FeldMarschal Walther Model-1891-1945
Posted on: 2/25/2017 8:49:16 AM
Known for his renowned defensive tactics, Field Marshal Walther Model was also known as Hitler's 'Fireman'. The concept of first hand knowledge from a first hand source instead of a staff removed from the front, are still practiced in armies today. Unlike Paulus, Model did chose to commit suicide rather than be taken prisoner by the Allies.

Was this soubriquet worthy of him ???

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James W.
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Re: FeldMarschal Walther Model-1891-1945
Posted on: 2/25/2017 7:24:29 PM
Well Jim, Hitler was very disappointed that von Paulus didn't take 'the honourable option' of suicide rather than surrender,
so that might well make Walther Model - 'the very model of a modern' ah, Nazi General-FM.. ( sorry, couldn't help doing the G & S thing)..

Phil andrade
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Re: FeldMarschal Walther Model-1891-1945
Posted on: 2/27/2017 4:32:52 AM
Interesting that neither Rommel, nor Model, were unadorned with the aristocratic Von to prefix their names.

Did this exemplify the notions of social mobility that Nazis espoused in their military aspirations ?

Hitler favoured these two generals partly, I suspect , because of this....as well as, of course, their astonishing battlefield leadership.

Model certainly bolstered morale when the Germans were falling apart in front of Moscow in th winter of 1941-2.

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anemone
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Re: FeldMarschal Walther Model-1891-1945
Posted on: 2/27/2017 4:52:56 AM
Thank you very much Phil-I am in complete agreement with your sentiments.


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Jim
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