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Ernst Busch

Third Reich Field Marshal

Died when: 60 years 11 days (720 months)
Star Sign: Cancer


Ernst Busch

Ernst Bernhard Wilhelm Busch (6 July 1885 – 17 July 1945) was a German Generalfeldmarschall during World War II who commanded the 16th Army (as a Generaloberst) and later the massive Army Group Centre.

During World War I, Busch served as an infantry officer and was retained in the postwar army of the Weimar Republic.

He steadily rose in seniority and by 1936 was a general and commander of the 23rd Infantry Division.During the invasion of Poland, he commanded VIII Army Corps.

In 1940, he was appointed commander of the 16th Army; he led it during the 1940 Battle of France and Operation Barbarossa, the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union.

By October 1943, Busch was a field marshal and commander of Army Group Centre.He was dismissed in June 1944 after the collapse of his command during the Red Army's Operation Bagration.

He was later the commander of Army Group Northwest in the final months of the war and died as a prisoner of war in England.

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