Friedrich Fromm Biography
(German Army officer)
Birthday: October 8, 1888 (Libra)
Born In: Berlin, Germany
Friedrich Fromm was a German army officer. He had served in the ‘Royal Prussian Army’ during the First World War. He was also the chief of army equipment and the commander of the ‘Replacement Army’ of ‘Nazi’ Germany during most of the Second World War. During this time, he was subordinate only to Adolf Hitler. He held considerable power in the German state, as his position allowed him to control army procurement and production and also command the entire army within the country. He received several awards for his military service, including the ‘Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.’ He was aware of an assassination plot against Hitler, conspired by some of his immediate subordinates. Although he was not directly involved in it, Fromm initially tacitly supported it but eventually backed out. After the assassination attempt failed, Fromm did not follow Hitler’s orders of taking the conspirators alive. Instead, he held a ‘Summary Court Martial’ of the suspected and identified officers and had them executed immediately, possibly to save himself from future scrutiny. This action raised suspicion, leading to his arrest, trial, and execution, for failing to act against the plot to assassinate Hitler.