Sunday, February 24, 2019

Fact of the Day: Walter Model

While most historians considered Walter Model as German's greatest commander of defensive strategy during World War II, he was not popular among his troops. He said many foul things, was abusive, micro-managed his people plenty of times, and often ignored basic rules and policies when it suited him. When he was first promoted to a high-ranking status in the military, virtually everyone of merit under him asked to be transferred. 


Sami said...

My boss is a micro-manager and we all hate it too!!

Elisabeth said...

I had never heard about him, but it doesn't sound like I was missing out on anything good. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and leaving me a kind comment :)

E from Helsinki, Finland

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like one to transfer from

Christine said...

Some leaders are like that unfortunately.

Mary Kirkland said...

Wow when so many are asking to be transferred that should tell you something.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like he was tailor-made to be a Nazi.

Huggybear said...

Adolf liked him - he was the FUHRER"S FIREMAN.
Not a member of the aristocracy of Prussia so not liked,
really detested, by the Officer Corp.
Staff when he was sent to an Army Group tried as hard as hell to be removed - he had a foul mouth. Some things said about him by staff officers after the war are quite amazing - bordering on really the unbelievable!!! He was a BASTARD.

Somehow he DID contradict his Fuhrer on military tactics and got away with it.
He committed suicide when completely surrounded in the Ruhr pocket.
He certainly would have been in the stand at Nuremberg with Keitel and Jodl and hung just like those two lackeys of High Command Supreme Headquarters.

It is true that he was a clever defensive tactics commander but he never considered the casualties as any concern!

Martha said...

Sounds like a real pain in the ass.

Fundy Blue said...

WWII and the Nazis seem so far away now. So much has happened since. Suicide seems like an easy way out.

Huggybear said...

For him it was - the Russians had him on the top of their list for war crimes on the Eastern Front.