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Frasi di Walter Model
Data di nascita: 24. Gennaio 1891
Data di morte: 21. Aprile 1945
Otto Moritz Walter Model è stato un generale tedesco.
È considerato uno tra i più energici e combattivi generali tedeschi della seconda guerra mondiale, particolarmente abile nella tattica difensiva.
Molto apprezzato dallo stesso Adolf Hitler, che lo definì in più occasioni "il mio miglior feldmaresciallo", Model si distinse prima alla testa di unità corazzate e poi al comando di armate e gruppi d'armate sia all'est che all'ovest, dove mise in mostra grande determinazione e notevoli capacità operative riuscendo in numerose circostanze a risolvere favorevolmente situazioni di grave difficoltà per il fronte tedesco. Negli ultimi giorni della guerra, circondato con le sue truppe nella sacca della Ruhr, preferì suicidarsi per non cadere prigioniero del nemico.
Frasi Walter Model
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Origine: Durante la Campagnia di Russia la sua IX armata fu accerchiata dai sovietici (1942). Invano il generale Model comunicò con L'OKW (Keitel-Jodl), per richiedere una divisione carazzata che gli fu rifiutata. Model andò di persona da Hitler al quartier generale e senza peli sulla lingua "pretese" quella dannata divisione. Fu una delle rare occasioni in cui Hitler fece marcia indietro accontentando Model. In seguito, come scrive Carlo d'Este, i fatti gli diedero ragione, poiché come comandante al fronte era Model che doveva prendere le decisioni.
„Abbiamo fatto tutto per giustificare la nostre azioni davanti alla storia? Che cosa rimane a un comandante sconfitto?“
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Origine: Il feldmarschall Model si rivolge, con questa frase, al suo stato maggiore dopo la disfatta sul Fronte Occidentale nel fermare l'avanzata degli Alleati verso le metà dell'aprile 1945.
Hasso von Manteuffel
Der beste K.I.K wird K.A.K
To Colonel Günther Reichhelm on 11 April 1945. Model requested that Reichhelm join him for dinner before his departure. In the staff guest book at the officers' mess, the field marshal carefully wrote. Quoted in "Battle for the Ruhr" - Page 345 - by Derek S. Zumbro - 2006
To Adolf Hitler on 20 January 1942, Wolfsschanze. Quoted in "Generalfeldmarschall Model Biographie" - Page 115 - by Walter Göriltz - 2012
„Every minute that we lose will cost us great losses later that we will not be able to afford. We must push forward now, otherwise we risk everything. Hurry yourself with the technical aspects, a lot of time has already been lost.“
To Major Kratzenberg on 3 July 1942, The Battle of Smolensk. Quoted in "Generalfeldmarschall Model Biographie" - Page 93 - by Walter Göriltz - 2012
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„Behr, I cannot imagine that I, as a Field Marshal, the one who out of conviction in victory for my country am responsible for the deaths of hundreds of my soldiers, should now emerge from these woods to approach Montgomery, or the Americans, with my hands in the air and say 'Here I am. Field Marshal Model, I Surrender.“
To Major Winrich Behr in the early morning hours of April 21, 1945. Quoted in "Battle for the Ruhr" - Page 378 - by Derek S. Zumbro - 2006
„I sincerely believe that I have served a criminal. I led my soldiers in good conscience… but for a criminal government.“
To Colonel Theodor Pilling, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Michael, Major Winrich Behr in the evening of April 20, 1945. They tuned in the Wehrmacht receiver, and listened Joseph Goebbels's speech marking the Hitler's Birthday. Quoted in "Battle for the Ruhr" - Page 378 - by Derek S. Zumbro - 2006
„I fully subscribe to those words with my special thanks to all officers, noncommissioned officers and men for the attitude displayed during this fighting.“
After the Operation Market Garden, Field Marshal Model passed the appreciation from OB West on to his soldier, September 27, 1944. Quoted in "Rückzug: The German Retreat from France, 1944" - Page 278 - by Joachim Ludewig - 2012
„Field Marshal Model was a bold, inexhaustible soldier, who knew the front well and who won the confidence of his men by his habitual disregard for his personal safety. He had no time for lazy or incompetent subordinates. He carried out his intentions in a most determined fashion. He was the best possible man to perform the fantastically difficult task of reconstructing a line in centre of the Eastern Front.“
"Panzer Leader" - by Heinz Guderian - 1952
„We have lost a battle, but I assure to you that we will not lose the war! I cannot say more at the present moment although I know the losses are crowded in your minds. That this happened does not hold importance. What counts is not to lose confidence in the future of Germany. At the same time everyone must understand the gravity of the situation. This moment will be enough to distinguish the true men from the inept ones. Every soldier has the same responsibilities: if the advancing one falls, another must be ready to take his place in order to go on.“
September 3 1944, <Appeal to the Soldiers of the Army of the West>. Quoted in "Rückzug: The German Retreat from France, 1944" - Page 191 - by Joachim Ludewig - 2012
„Has everything been done to justify our actions in the light of history? What can there be left for a commander in defeat? In antiquity they took poison.“
To his chief of staff General Carl Wagener on 17 April 145, before dissolving Army Group B. Quoted in "Battle for the Ruhr" - Page 373 - by Derek S. Zumbro - 2006
Quoted in "Hitler's Generals" - Page 323 - by Correlli Barnett - History - 2003
Meine Soldaten sind Meine Kinder
To SS-Sturmbannführer Heinrich Springer, his aide. In the early morning hours of December 23, 1944. Quoted in "Stationen eines Lebens in Krieg und Frieden" - Page 127 - by Heinrich Springer - 1996
„Field Marshal Model was a peerless master of the large-scale defensive battle. Always present himself at critical points, he asked a great deal of his troops. Often he was harsh, sometimes ruthless. But he always found the answer to the trickiest of situations, never leaving his men in the lurch.“
"Battle for White Russia: the destruction of Army Group Centre, June 1944" - Page 257 - by Gerd Niepold - 1987