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Groener, Wilhelm

Born: 1867 AD
Died: 1939 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Administrator, General

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.