Advancing in rank, Schörner became General of the Mountain Troops (German: General der Gebirgstruppe), then Colonel-General (German: Generaloberst), and finally Field Marshal (German: Generalfeldmarschall). Towards the end of the war he became Hitler's and Goebbels' favorite military commander, probably because of his ruthlessness and brutality. In his will, Hitler even appointed him commander-in-chief of the German Army (Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres), ie head of the OKH (Oberkommando des Heeres). After the war, Schörner ended up in Soviet captivity, but in 1958 he was allowed to return to West Germany. In this way, Schörner has spent the last 15 years at large. He lived to be 82 and died in his native Munich, Bavaria.