1867 – Born in Ludwigsburg, Württemberg on the 22nd of November.
1884 – He entered the Württemburg Army.
1893-1897 – Attended the War Academy.
1899 – He was appointed to the General Staff.
1917 – In August, Groener took a field command in the Ukraine.
1918 – On the resignation of Erich Ludendorff on the 29th of October , Groener became First Quartermaster General under Field Marshal von Hindenburg.
– With the Kaiser’s abdication on the 9th of November the Marxist Spartacist League had declared a soviet republic in Berlin.
– Groener subsequently oversaw the retreat and demobilisation of the defeated German army after World War I ended with the armistice on the 11th of November.
1920 – Groener was in and out of retirement.
1920-1923 – He served as Transportation Minister.
1929 – He succeeded Otto Geßler as Defence Minister.
1931 – He also became Interior Minister, and favoured the banning of the Nazi storm troopers.
1939 – Died in Bornstedt bei Potsdam on the 3rd of May.