Kurt Gebhard Adolf Philipp Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord (26 September 1878 – 24 April 1943) was a German general (Generaloberst) who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Reichswehr, the Weimar Republic's armed forces. He is regarded as "an undisguised opponent" of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime.
Kurt (Curt) Gebhard Adolf Philipp Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord(* 26. September1878in Hinrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Strelitz; † 24. April1943in Berlin) war ein deutscher Heeresoffizier (seit 1934 Generaloberst). Er war von 1930 bis 1933 Chef der Heeresleitung und gehörte zum militärischen Widerstandgegen Adolf Hitler.
Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord 1878–1943German general. I divide my officers into four classes as follows: the clever, the industrious, the lazy, and the stupid. Each officer always possesses two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious I appoint to the General Staff.
September 26, 1878 - April 24, 1943. Kurt Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord. During the Weimar Republic, Kurt Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord served on the staff of Reich Minister of Defense Noske. In 1930 he was appointed Commander-in Chief of the Army and General of the Infantry.
Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord (1878-1943) was a Prussian military officer who became commander-in-chief of the Reichswehr during the early 1930s. He was a friend and political ally of Kurt von Schleicher and warned against the dangers of appointing Adolf Hitler as chancellor.
General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, head of the German army from 1930 to 1933, defined the difference this way: “Officers who are clever and industrious I appoint to the General Staff . . . the man who is clever and lazy qualifies for the highest leadership posts [Command].
Kurt Gebhard Adolf Philipp Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord (September 26, 1878 – April 25, 1943) was a German general who served for a period as Commander-in-Chief of the Reichswehr. He is famous for being an ardent opponent of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Born to a noble family in Hinrichshagen...
Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord. Kurt Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord ( 26 September 1878 – 24 April 1943) was a German general who served for a period as Commander-in-Chief of the Reichswehr/German Army. He was an ardent opponent of Hitler and the Nazi regime. This article about a military figure is a stub.
Biography. Kurt Hammerstein-Equord was born in Hinrichshagen, Germany, on September 26, 1878. He joined the German Army and was attached to the General Staff during the First World War. A close friend of Kurt von Schleicher, Hammerstein-Equord was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Reichswehr in 1930.
The British historian Sir John Wheeler-Bennett wrote about the "ruthless" way that Blomberg set about isolating and undermining the power of the army commander-in-chief, a close associate of Schleicher, General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, to the point that in February 1934 Hammerstein finally resigned in despair, as his powers had become more ...