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Blomberg, Werner Eduard Fritz von (Blomberg, Werner von; Rubber Lion)

Born: 1878 AD
Died: 1946 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Administrators


1878 - Born in Stargard, Pomerania, German Empire on the 2nd of September. German Nazi administrator.

         - He joined the German Army and served as a second lieutenant in the 73rd Fusilier Regiment.

1904 - Blomberg attended Germany's Kriegsakademie.

         - He attended the War Academy.

1907 - Graduated at Entered Germany's Kriegsakademie.

1908 - Became the General Staff, serving with distinction on the Western Front during World War I.

         - Blomberg was awarded the Pour le Mérite.

1920 - Appointed Chief of Staff of the Döberitz Brigade.

1921 - He was made Chief of Staff of the Stuttgart Army Area.

1925 - Blomberg was made Chief of Army Training by General Hans von Seeckt.

1927 - Attained the rank of rank of major general and was appointed chief of the Troop Office.

1929 - After arguing with the powerful General Kurt von Schleicher, he was removed from his post and made military commander of East Prussia to serve under Walther von Reichenau.

1932 - Blomberg was head of the German delegation at the Geneva Disarmament Conference.

1933 - Adolf Hitler appointed him minister of defence and minister of war and commander in chief of the German Army.

         - Blomberg was made a colonel-general for his services.

         - Blomberg became Hitler's first field marshal.

1934 - Encouraged Hitler to crack down on SA leader Ernst Röhm and his followers, whom he believed posed a serious threat to the army.

1935 - He became Minister of War and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

1936 - The loyal Blomberg was the first General Field Marshall appointed by Hitler.

1938 - Blomberg resigned when he discovered Goering was planning make his information public

         - Göring and Himmler accused Commander-in-Chief Werner von Fritsch of being a homosexual. Hitler used these opportunities for major reorganization of the Wehrmacht.

         - Blomberg and his wife were subsequently exiled for a year to the isle of Capri.

1945 - After the war, Blomberg was captured by Allied troops and gave evidence at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial.

1946 - He died while in detention at Nuremberg on 14th of March.


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