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1945: Ernst Busch – Hitler’s Field Marshal

1945: Ernst Busch – Hitler’s Field Marshal
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/Sign for Aldershot Military Town

Ernst Busch was the highest-ranking officer of the Wehrmacht who died in a prisoner of war camp in England.

Aldershot is located in the English county of Hampshire, approximately halfway between London and the famous port city of Southampton on the south coast of England.

Busch became famous for many battles which were fought during WW1. He was awarded the Pour le Mérite (or The Blue Max) – the highest military decoration.

During WW1, Göring, Rommel, and Hindenburg received the same medal. Busch became a German field marshal, and also commanded the Army Group Centre (Heeresgruppe Mitte) on the Eastern Front.

Shortly before the end of the war, he was captured by the British were advancing towards Germany, led by Field Marshal Montgomery.

Busch and other captured Germans were imprisoned in Aldershot. He died there, and was buried at Cannock Chase German war cemetery, located north of the city of Birmingham.

Almost 5,000 German and Austrian soldiers who served in WW1 and WW2, were buried there.

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