History 25/01/20 Why after a conversation with Chuykov was shot the head of the General staff of Hitler
Alexei Isaev, author of the book “the Defeat of 1945. The battle for Germany,” not for nothing called Hans Krebs “dark horse”. Krebs was an expert on the USSR, could speak in Russian, and in the 1930-ies even lived in Moscow. In 1945 he changed his “brilliant” Guderian as chief of the General staff of the army. However, in this position, Krebs has been long.
a Specialist on Russia
As written by Valeriy Zamulin, in his book “Kursk-43. How prepared clash of the titans”, Hans Krebs was born in 1898 in Helmstadt. His military career Krabs started to build quite early: 16-year-old boy he volunteered for the First world war. Apparently, he fought well, because he returned home with the Iron Cross 2nd class. It is not surprising that after the war, Krebs decided to continue his service in the army of the Weimar Republic. If you believe Konstantin Zaleski, the author of the publication “the”Elite” of Hitler in world war II. Who was in the Third Reich”, Hans Krebs graduated from secret training of officers of the General staff, and in 1930 in the rank of captain, he held the position of assistant of Department of combat training.
October 1932, Krebs served in the Department of Foreign armies. This appointment was not accidental. According to Alexei Isaev, author of the publication “the Defeat of 1945. The battle for Germany,” Hans was fluent in Russian and is generally considered a specialist on Russia. No wonder later, Krebs became an assistant to German military attache, and for some time lived in Moscow. He was personally acquainted with many high-ranking Soviet officials and generals, particularly Zhukov, and Stalin. The latter, according to Cornelius Ryan, author of the book “the Last battle. The storming of Berlin through the eyes of witnesses”, after the signing of the Pact of Russo-Japanese neutrality even hugged Krebs with the words: “We’ll always be friends.”
In Moscow, Hans Krebs was almost to the beginning of the great Patriotic war. Valentin Pikul in his book “Barbarossa” had mentioned the fact that the Colonel Krebs was present at the famous may day parade in 1941, after which, however, he and other employees of the Embassy of Germany, chose to leave home. Some time Krebs remained in reserve, however in January 1942 he was returned to the army, and careers continued. According to Alexei Isaev, Hans Krebs was an excellent officer. It must have seen and the rest because he was immediately appointed chief of staff of the 9th army. Krebs later became chief of staff of army group “Center”, for which he was awarded the Knight’s cross.
In 1944, the 46-year-old Krebs has received the rank of General of infantry. By German standards, he was one of the youngest generals in the army. And in March 1945, Hans Krebs became the chief of the General staff of the army, succeeding Heinz Guderian. It is noteworthy that Hans Jacobsen and Alan Taylor, the authors of the publication “1939-1945. World war II: chronicle and documents” considers Guderian’s “brilliant,” Krebs called just “supple”. Anyway, this appointment turned out to be his last.
the Negotiator and suicide
according to the author of the book “Stalin. “Mediocrity” that changed the world” Vladimir Kuznechevskaya, due to the fact that Hans Krebs was chief of the General staff, as well as the fact that he had a good command of the Russian language, that he had the honor to negotiate with Soviet troops stormed Berlin. May 1, 1945, Krebs came to Vasily Chuikov, but received from the Russian commander categorical denial regarding the truce. Krebs returned to the bunker of Hitler with anything. On the question of Goebbels, now what to do, Krebs said, “Shoot!”
After this, Joseph Goebbels and his wife, as you know, killed their children and then committed suicide. Hitler by that time was already dead, which, incidentally, Krebs also said the Soviet side. Hans Krebs was nothing left but to follow their “colleagues”. If you believe Alexey Isaev Artem Drabkin, the authors of the publication “June 22 – 9 may. The great Patriotic war”, Krebs took his own life on the same day, may 1, 1945, in one of the rooms of fuhrerbunker.
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