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Bock, Fedor von

Born: 1880 AD
Died: 1945 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: General

1880 – Fedor von Bock was born on the 3rd of December in Küstrin, Germany.

1897 – He attended a military academy then joined the German Army.

       – At the age of 17, von Bock became an officer candidate in the Imperial Foot Guards Regiment at Potsdam; he received an officer’s commission a year later.

       – He entered service with the rank of Sekondeleutnant.

1905 – Bock married Mally von Reichenbach, a young Prussian noblewoman, whom he had originally met in Berlin.

1908 – He was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant.

1914 – By the time the First World War began, von Bock was a Hauptmann.

       – He was assigned as a divisional staff officer in von Rupprecht’s army group on the Western Front.

1918 – Served in the First World War and had attained the rank of major.

1939 – Assigned to lead Army Group North during the successful invasion of Poland.

       – After his success with the blitzkrieg against France, Belgium, and The Netherlands, he was promoted to field marshal.

1941 – Served as Army Group Center’s commander during the attack on the Soviet Union.

       – Invaded Soviet-occupied Poland, destroying the non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviets.

       – He was dismissed from his post as Commander of Army Group Center.

1942 – Re-assigned to lead Army Group South in January.

       – In July, Hitler blamed him for the failure of "Operation Braunschweig".

1945 – Von Bock was killed in an Allied bombing raid at Hamburg on 4th of May.