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NAME: Generalfeldmarschall Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt

PW NO:          B816209
RANK:            Generalfeldmarschall
CAPTURED:   Bad Tölz, Germany
DATE:             1 May 1945

DATE OF BIRTH:    12 December 1875
PLACE OF BIRTH:  Aschersleben
DATE OF DEATH:   24 February 1953 (heart disease)
NATIONALITY:      German
RELIGION:               Evangelical
OCCUPATION:       Regular Soldier
HEIGHT:                   5’ 9”
WEIGHT:                  Unknown
HAIR COLOUR:       Light Brown
EYE COLOUR:         Light Brown
NEXT OF KIN:         Kassel, (US Zone)

Parents: Gerd Arnold Konrad and Adeheid Eleanore (née Fischer) von Rundstedt.


Wife: Married Luise “Bila” von Goetz on 22 January 1902 – one son, Hans Gerd von Rundstedt, born 21 January 1903. The Field Marshal’s son died on 12 January 1948 followed by his wife, Bila, in October 1952. Both passed away in Hannover



Commands & Assignments:

Gerd von Rundstedt wearing his Turkish war medal
Generals Werner Freiherr von Fritsch (centre) and
Werner von Blomberg, circa 1935-37.
Note that Fritsch is wearing his Knight of Justice of the Johanniter Order around his neck as well as the breast badge of the order (white Maltese cross) below his Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914).
Werner von Blomberg is wearing his Prussian Pour le Mérite Order around his neck.

Von Rundstedt viewing a large-scale exercise conducted by the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitler Jugend" in Belgium, 1944.

From Right to Left:

  • Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt
  • SS-Sturmbannführer Hubert Meyer, operations officer (Ia) of the 12th SS Panzer Division
  • SS-Obergruppenführer Josef "Sepp" Dietrich, Commanding General of I SS Panzer Corps
  • SS-Oberführer Fritz Witt, commander of the 12th SS Panzer Division
  • SS-Standartenführer Kurt Meyer, commander of the division's SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 25.


[1] The following nine Army generals were promoted to Generalfeldmarschall, each with a date of rank of 19 July 1940 (in order of seniority): Walther von Brauchitsch, Wilhelm Keitel, Gerd von Rundstedt, Fedor von Bock, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Wilhelm List, Günther von Kluge, Erwin von Witzleben and Walter von Reichenau. Concurrently, three Luftwaffe generals received promotion to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall: Erhard Milch, Hugo Sperrle and Albert Keßelring.

[2] In July-August 1941, the Italian Expeditionary Corps in Russia commanded by Generale di Corpo d’Armata Giovanni Messe arrived on the Eastern Front and fought under Army Group South. Generalfeldmarschall von Rundstedt later commented on the international character of his command: “I had an absolute League of Nations ‘Armee’. I had Rumanians, Italians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Croats, Germans. All that was lacking was the [Spanish] ‘Blue’ Division and the French, otherwise I had everything.” See Messenger (page 149) for this quote and von Rundstedt’s assessment of the allied contingents under his command.