ADOLF "DER FUHRER" HITLER - COLLECTION WITH FIELD MARSHAL WERNER VON BLOMBERG, WERNER VON FRITSCH - HFSID 285745
ADOLF HITLER, WERNER VON BLOMBERG, WERNER VON FRITSCH Hitler signs a promotion letter with two Generals he later purged. Military Promotion signed: "A Hitler" as Fuhrer and Reichschancellor, "V Blomberg" as War Minister, and "Fritsch ", 1p, 8¼x11½.
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ADOLF HITLER, WERNER VON BLOMBERG, WERNER VON FRITSCH
Hitler signs a promotion letter with two Generals he later purged.
Military Promotion signed: "A Hitler" as Fuhrer and Reichschancellor, "V Blomberg" as War Minister, and "Fritsch ", 1p, 8¼x11½. Berlin, 1935 October 5. On official letterhead. In German, translated in full: "In the name of the Reich:Effective from November 1st, 1935, Lieutenant General (ret.) Erfurth will be employed as a Lieutenant General with a rank service age from June 1st, 1935 (3) with the army, under simultaneous appointment as department chief in the General Staff of the Army." Embossed in lower left with official state seal. Ink and pencil notations in blank right corners. Pinhead-sized spot under Hitler's signature. Lightly toned at right edge. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by unsigned photo of Hitler (b/w, 5x7). Fine condition. WERNER VON BLOMBERG (1878-1946) and WERNER VON FRITSCH (1880-1939) were German army officers who had served with distinction in World War I. After becoming Chancellor in January 1933, Hitler moved swiftly to consolidate power, but acted cautiously with regard to the German Army. In 1935, Hitler named von Blomberg Minister of War, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, and the regime's first Field Marshall; he named von Fritsch Commander in Chief of the Army. Fritsch reportedly loathed the Nazis, but remained silent about their excesses. Blomberg, on the other hand, proved a devoted follower of Hitler, nicknamed "rubber lion" for his servility. Neither silence nor sycophancy availed the Generals. In 1938, in a campaign scripted by Hitler's #2, Hermann Goering, Blomberg was blackmailed for having married a former prostitute, while Fritsch was falsely accused of homosexuality. Both were obliged to resign. Blomberg refused the option of annulling his marriage and retaining his post. He lived out World War II in obscurity, testified at the Nuremberg trials, and died in detention. Fritsch was acquitted in a court martial (March 1939), but not restored to his post. Recalled to active duty in a lesser position, Fritsch became the first German general to die in World War II. (Wounded while inspecting front line positions during the Polish campaign, he refused medical attention, and died soon thereafter, perhaps deliberately.) Hitler's demand for blind loyalty from his generals, rewarding those who told him only what he wanted to hear, is often cited as a major factor in Germany's defeat in World War II. Two items.
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