Who was the best general that Hitler had under his command and why?

I know the war was a terrible affair and the German generals were all douchebags, but one must admit, they were really good soldiers and tacticians too. Some of them, in fact, were even respected by their opponents. (I remember Churchill himself praised a German general for his skills. I can't remember who it was, though.)

But if I had to take a wild guess I would say it was probabbly Himmler, who in my opinion, is the best general Hitler had. Who was he you ask? Well Heinrich Himmler was born on 7 October 1900 in Munich. His father was a schoolteacher, in fact and he served in World War I but didn't rise up the ranks until after the war.

War is funny. Because it just brings out the worst in people especially if you've got some really strongly held weird beliefs. Himmler was one of those people and that was why he was so ruthless and was the leader of the Gestapo- -the sort of police evil in Germany under that Reich.

Before WWII Himmler had a variety of jobs. He was even a chicken farmer before he joined the Nazi party in the 1920s and took part in the 'beer hall' putsch of 1923.

The beer hall putsch if you don't know is a failed attempt at a coup by Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler even went to jail after this, and wrote a book "Mein Kampf" about it.

Well back to Himmler, he became the Nazi party's propaganda leader afterwards and in 1929 he was appointed head of the SS, Adolf Hitler's personal bodyguard, so he had been pretty close to the supreme commander before the war. And when they came to power in1933, Himmler became police president in Munich and head of the political police in Bavaria.

Another of his achievements was setting up the very first concentration camp in 1933. (Son of a bitch, I know). He was almost same as Hitler and he waa also a believer in the need for "racial purity" in Germany--aka kill anybody that isnt their race--and he encouraged what they called Aryan 'breeding programmes'.

When World War Two began he finally had the perfect opportunity to pursue a part of his aim - that is to eliminate ghe Jews and other race he called 'sub-humans'.

During the war after Germany's invasion of Poland, he was given total control of the annexed parts of the country. Thereby giving him the opportunity to continue his purity programme on a massive scale.

During the war he was very close with Hitler but of course everything failed in the end and most of the generals even turned against each other. Most of them were captured and tried, and also most of them killed themselves before the trial--including Himmler and this other guy I think I should mention--Goering.

Goering was also a high ranking official. He in fact created the Gestapo and left Himmler in charge. He also participated in the Putsch and was close to Hitler. Also a skilled commander of course.

He was in charge of air combat and his Luftwaffe--a sort of air plane attack menace--was a cause of headache for the allies in the war for a long time and caused quite the destruction.

Of course after the Luftwaffe was countered by the allies he started to lose ground with Hitler and the other high officials. And at a point he was even seemed a traitor that wanted to usurp Hitler's control of the Reich. Hitler expelled him and requested for his arrest.

He was also captured after the war, and he also committed suicide.

Like I said there are a lot more German generals to write about. But I think these two should give a good idea how the Germans were back then. Thank God the war is over and all behind.



Anyone who says Erwin Rommel sins of little history. There were several generals better than him (without underestimating the "Desert Fox"), and now we will talk about one of them.

Erich von Manstein.

One of the top exhibitors of the Blitzkrieg and one of the fathers of the German armored weapon in the interwar period, is the most effective German general, with little doubt in the general consensus, during World War II.

why is it so good? Besides helping to create and train the first 3 panzer divisions and support the use of the combined weapons doctrine, he was one of the best tacticians and strategists of the Third Reich (Fall Gelb, anyone?), And if any of his friends or enemies had doubts, he was responsible for leaving them well clear (eg example, Third Jarvok).

Among his most outstanding achievements are:

Be the artifice of the plan that brought down France in just 6 weeks. The German High Command (OKH) disapproved his plan for being very "risky" and relegated him to another position. He was lucky enough to meet Hitler at a dinner party and the Fuehrer fell in love with the plan, ordering, against the opinion of his generals, to use it. To the surprise of all in Germany, six weeks after initiating the attack, France called for an armistice. Manstein was a body commander in this operation.

Take Crimea. The peninsula had a narrow and fortified entrance and an even more fortified harbor. Von Manstein managed to bag the isthmus defenders on a 7-kilometer wide terrain and managed, the following year, to finally take Sebastopool, earning his marshal's cane. He began the invasion of the USSR as a corps commander, he became an army general and now a field marshal.

Try to lift the siege of Stalingrad. His biggest failure was perhaps his discouraged attempt to rescue the troops of Stalingrad, although being honest, it was practically impossible to do so at this point.

Return the Soviets to reality. After the final fall of Stalingrad and the subsequent rapid advance, the USSR was in a state of total ecstasy. The ordinary citizens thought that they would be able to walk unarmed until Berlin while they executed their revenge. Von Manstein was responsible for fitting a heavy defeat in the Third Battle of Jarkóv, in which, overcome 6 to 1, inflicted casualties to the Soviets in a favorable proportion almost from 1 to 8, stabilizing the front and retaking a good part of the territory. Some of the units he fought against were two armies of guards along with two tank armies.

Basically, he managed to save the group of southern armies from extinction. After the defeat of Kursk, Manstein managed to keep the united front as he retreated, but in the end he claimed that either he was allowed to retire to a prepared position or was sent to another army. In the absence of instructions, he retired, saving the troops and being rewarded, but being later removed from his post by discussions with Hitler. Soon he had to retire due to an eye disease.

There were other great German generals who had their own fame (Guderian and von Rundsted come to mind), and I still have things to write here, but it's just to give a kdea of ​​this character. Rommel is a good tactician, but that's it. While the "Desert Fox" commanded a small Italian-German army in a secondary theater, von Manstein rescued the front again and again in the most bloody and massive theater of war in the bloodiest war on earth.


Different generals did well in different kinds of roles and strategic situations. 

Field Marshal Walther Model (1891-1945)

Model was called the master of defense. He was considered to be the Third Reich's best defensive tactical commander. During the retreat of the winter of 1941-1942 Model was successful in containing the situation. Model was one of Hitler's favourite generals and had several nicknames such as Master of Defence, Lion of Deence, The Savior of the Eastern Front, and Fuehrer's Fireman. He commanded the German troops of the Battle of the Bulge and lost. Model committed suicide after that loss because units under his command had committed war crimes in the Soviet Union and the Soviet Union wanted him to be tried as a war criminal.

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891-1944)

Known as the desert fox, Rommel was not only a successful field commander but a military theorist. He was hugely successful in North Africa despite severe logistical challenges. Rommel led his troops from the front and was a firm believer in the value of taking the initiative and an element of surprise. He was respected by his enemies and worshiped by his own troops. Rommel was known for his good treatment of POWs. Rommel's idea on the conduct of war was said to be humane, chivalrous. Rommel was implicated in the July 20 1944 plot against Hitler. Because of his status as a national hero, Hitler did not wish to make a spectacle of his trial and execution but gave him an opportunity to drink poison. Rommel died on October 14 1944.