Last General of the Wehrmacht passes away

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  1. Got sent this by a friend in Germany:

    (perhaps an Arrser could help with the translation,as my German isn't up to it!)

    Am 18.9.2006 verstarb einen Tag vor seinem 99. Geburtstag
    der letzte noch lebende General der Wehrmacht,
    Generalinspekteur und Vier-Sterne-General der Bundeswehr
    HEINZ TRETTNER
    Träger des Eichenlaubes zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes,
    des Großen Verdienstkreuzes der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
    mit Stern und Schulterband und Großoffizier der französischen
    Ehrenlegion.
    Ehre seinem Andenken!

    Nach seinem überdurchschnittlich tapferen Einsatz als
    Fallschirmjäger-Kommandeur
    im Kriege und als zeitloses, charakterlich festes Vorbild deutscher
    Soldaten
    schied er 1966 auf eigenen Wunsch aus der Bundeswehr aus, weil er eine
    politische Infiltrierung der Streitkräfte nicht mitmachen wollte. Sein
    Sinnbild
    war nicht mit der eines Politkommissars oder NSFO kompatibel. Er wußte
    um die
    150.000 Wehrmachtssoldaten jüdischer Aszendenz, mit denen er
    zusammenarbeitete,
    um seinem Vaterlande - und keiner Politik - zu dienen. Seine Courage
    wurde
    zuletzt deutlich, als er sich verbat, von der Bundeswehr in Zukunft
    noch ein
    einziges Mal eingeladen zu werden, solange die Entehrung seines
    Frontkameraden
    aus dem Spanischen Bürgerkrieg gegen die gottlosen Bolschewisten,
    Oberst Werner
    Mölders, nicht aufgehoben wird. Er widerstand der Entehrung seiner
    Kameraden
    von OdR und VdS durch die politische Führung der Bundeswehr. Er blieb
    demonstrativ der Feierlichkeit zum 50. Jahrestag der Bundeswehr fern.
    Zwei Tage
    nach seinem Tod beschloß der Deutsche Bundestag mit 442 Stimmen (gegen
    152) den
    bislang gefährlichsten und umstrittensten Einsatz überhaupt, die
    Entsendung
    deutscher Soldaten in den Nahen Osten.
    tempores mutantur...

    Am Freitag, 22.9. wird General Trettner um 08.30 Uhr in der
    katholischen
    Pfarrkirche St. Laurentius in Mönchengladbach-Odenkirchen in der
    Wiedemannstraße aus unserer Welt verabschiedet und nahebei beerdigt.
    Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
     
  2. The last former General of the Wehrmacht has died aged 99 on 18.9.2006.

    He was Generalleutnant (Lieutenant General), (Equivalent to our Major-General, as there is no Brigadier Rank in the Wehrmacht/Bundeswehr) Heinz Trettner, a former Luftwaffe General.

    He finished up as a 4 Star General and Generalinspektuer (Inspector General (CGS)) of the Bundeswehr. The next part lists his decorations, chiefly the Ritterkreuz (Knights Cross) with Oak Leaves. The rest of it is a summary of his career, and it is far too late for my limited GCSE German skills that i've just revived to sort out!

    A quick Google shows that one particular highlight of his career was alongside Werner Molder, Adolf Galland and Baron Wolfram Richthofen in the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

    Hope that helps

    P
     
  3. You are correct insaying there was no equivalent of Brigadier in the Wehrmacht but the Bundeswehr does have the rank of Brigadegeneral, below Generalmajor.
     
  4. This will be the bloke

    http://www.specialcamp11.fsnet.co.uk/Generalleutnant%20Heinrich%20Heinz%20Trettner%20(Luftwaffe).htm
     
  5. Bombed Guernica then...nice!
     
  6. Although this geezer was a bit of a Nazi to the end, here's a translation of the German in the first post:

    "On Friday 18 September 2006, and one day before his 99th birthday, HEINZ TRETTNER, the last remaining General of the Wehrmacht, General-Inspector and 4-star General of the Bundeswehr, holder of an oak-leaf clasp to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, the Class I Recognition of Service Cross of the Federal Republic with Star and Sash and High Officer of the French Legion of Honour, passed away.
    Honour his memory!

    After his highly courageous service as a paratroop commander during the war and as a timeless role model of firm character for German soldiers, he left the Bundeswehr in 1966 at his own request because he did not want to be a part of the political infiltration of the Armed Forces. His symbolic idea was not compatible with that of a political commissar or National-Socialist ideology officer. He knew of the 150,000 Wehrmacht soldiers of Jewish origin with whom he fought for his Fatherland, and not for politics. His courage was recently on display when he forbade the Bundeswehr to issue him any invitations as long as the defamation of his comrade on the front in the Spanish Civil War against the godless Bolshevists, General Werner Mölders, was not annulled. He resisted the defamation of his OdR and VdS comrades by the leadership of the Bundeswehr. As a protest, he stayed away from the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Bundeswehr.
    Two days after his death, the German parliament (with 442 votes to 152) ordered the most controversial mission of the Bundeswehr ever – the deployment of German soldiers to the Middle East. tempores mutantur...

    On Friday 22 September 2006, at 08:30 hrs, at the Catholic St Laurentius parish church in Wiedemannstraße, Mönchengladbach-Odenkirchen, General Trettner will take his leave of this world and be buried close by.
    Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis."

    MsG
     
  7. A good translation, Bugsy, but you didn't finish it all..... :lol:

    Let me help....

    "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them".

    Litotes
     
  8. Oh come on, he didn't need to, EVERYONE speaks Latin!
     
  9. Interesting, but surely the Bundeswehr do have a BG rank, I think one pip with gold laurels.

    Well, I worked for one you are surely not telling me he was a Walt ;)
     
  10. There's a very good reason why I left that bit untranslated, Litotes.

    I didn't have a fückin' clue what it meant! :D :D :D

    Thanks for the help.

    MsG
     
  11. Didn't realise that they'd binned Generaloberst.

    My mistake.