Walter Model Biography
(German Field Marshal During World War II)
Birthday: January 24, 1891 (Aquarius)
Born In: Genthin, Germany
Walter Model was a German military officer who rose to become field marshal during World War II. He was known as ‘Hitler's Fireman’ for his tact and ability to lead rescue operations. He was best known for his defensive warfare techniques. He gained relative success when he led the retreats of 1941-1942 when he was the commander of the Ninth Army, which shaped his future in the German military. He was regarded as the German and Third Reich's best tactical commander. By 1942, Walter Model was closely associated with Hitler, and his loyalty towards the Nazi regime made him a part of Hitler's inner circle. Hitler regarded Model as one of his best field marshals and tasked him to conduct several rescue operations on the Eastern Front that were deemed irreparable. However, their friendship wore down by the end of World War after the defeat in the Battle of Bulge. Model was surrounded at the Ruhr Pocket, and refusing to surrender, he committed suicide on April 21, 1945.