Biography of Walther von Brauchitsch (1881-1948)

Quarterback German, born in Berlin in 1881 and died in Hamburg in 1948. Full name Heinrich Alfred Walther von Brauchitsch, became the head of the Prussian military aristocracy.

At the outbreak of the war up 1914 I, it became part of the German staff officer corps since since the 1900 he/she was Commissioner of the Prussian Guard. After the defeat of Germany in the war, became a key figure because that was responsible for the reorganization of the small army that the victors consented to Germany. From this position, and due to his friendship with Hitler, he/she acquired positions of greater responsibility, until appointed field marshal to the rise to power of Hitler and the nazi party, to which it was affiliated.

In 1932 became the Manager of the artillery of the German army, the Reichswehr. Head of the military district of East Prussia under the command of the Fourth Army Corps was appointed in 1937. In 1938, when the Colonel Werner Freiherr von Fritsch was forced to retire, he/she was appointed commander-in-Chief of the army. The Germans were already preparing for the began of the contest that would explode in 1939.

In September 1939 he/she commanded the successful invasion of Poland, carried out through a new tactical system that Guerra was named lightning. The invasion of Poland marked the start of the second world war. Between May and June 1940 he/she led troops who invaded Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The following year took over military operations in the Balkans, Crete and North Africa.

In June 1941 Hitler put him at the head of the army's invasion of Russia, until in December of the same year he/she was relieved of command as a result of the German failure to Moscow. It managed to survive the war and was taken prisoner by the Allied troops in 1945, after the fall of the Third Reich.

When I was waiting to be tried as a war criminal, he/she became ill and was hospitalized in Hamburg, where he/she died in 1948, not just be damned.