Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven

Bernd Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven (* 6 of February of 1914 in Arensburg / Kuressaare , Oesel / Saaremaa , Estland; † 27 of February of 2007 in Munich ) was an official in the Wehrmacht during World War II , later rose to the rank of General of the Bundeswehr and former Inspector General of NATO .


In November of 1934, enters the Academy of the Wehrmacht , being assigned to a Unit of Cavalry . In 1938, due to the modernization of the German Armed Forces, several units of Cavalry were dissolved and integrated into units of Tanks , with Loringhoven assigned to one of them. In 1943, he is commander of a regiment of Panzer . He was evacuated that same year of Stalingrado in one of the last airplanes . In 1944/45 von Loringhoven was an assistant of the Chiefs of Staff of the Army Heinz Guderian and Hans Krebs highlights from the 23 of July of 1944 , at the headquarters of the Führer .

Between 20 and 29 of April of 1945, was one of the occupants of the Bunker of the Chancellery next to Adolf Hitler and one of the few survivors of the same, where escaped the day 29 of April. Captured and released in 1948. In 1956 he joined the German Army ( Bundeswehr ) and received the post of General of the Army and Generalinspekteur . It happened to the reserve in 1973 with the rank of Generalleutnant , rooting itself in Munich .

The last trip

Freytag von Loringhoven was one of the last living witnesses of the last days of the Chancellery ‘s Bunker . For that reason he participated in recent dates in numerous documentaries and films on the subject. His involvement in the production of El Sindimiento is well known . In 2006 he published his biography in French and later in English , Spanish and German with the title: With Hitler in the bunker – Memories of the Headquarters of the Führer July 1944 – April 1945 1

Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven died of natural causes on 27 of February of 2007 , in Munich . 2

See also

  • Nazi Germany

Notes and references

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