SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
NAME: Generaloberst Franz Halder
CAPTURED: Pragser Wildsee
DATE: 5 May 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 30
PLACE OF BIRTH: Würzburg
DATE OF DEATH: 2 April 1972
PLACE OF DEATH: Aschau/Chiemsee
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
Generalmajor Maximilian and Mathilde (née Steinhel) Halder.
Married Gertrude Erl on 23 September 1907.
- Fahnenjunker: 14 July 1902
- Fähnrich: 29 January 1903
- Leutnant: 9 March 1904
- Oberleutnant: 7 March 1912
- Hauptmann: 9 August 1915 (RDA later changed to 8 November 1914)
- Major: 17 March 1924 (RDA 1 April 1923)
- Oberstleutnant: 1 February 1929
- Oberst: 1 December 1931
- Generalmajor: 1 October 1934
- Generalleutnant: 1 August 1936
- General der Artillerie: 1 February 1938
- Generaloberst: 19 July 1940
June 1902: Passed Abitur or school leaving exam and university entrance
acceptance from the Theresien Gymnasium (High School) in München.
July 1902: Entered the Royal Bavarian Army as a Fahnenjunker in the
Bavarian 3. Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz Leopold.
March 1903-February 1904: Detached to the München War School.
October 1906-31 July 1907: Detached to the Bavarian Artillery and Engineer
October 1911-31 July 1914: Detached to the Bavarian War Academy in München.
August 1914: Ordnance Officer on the staff of the General Command of
the Bavarian III Army Corps.
January 1915: Chief Supply Officer (Ib) in the General Staff of the
Bavarian 6th Infantry Division.
December 1916; Operations Officer (Ia) in the General Staff of the Bavarian
5th Infantry Division.
March 1917: Transferred to the General Staff of the 2nd Army.
June 1917: Transferred to the General Staff of the 4th Army.
July 1917: Senior Planning General Staff Officer of the Commander-in-Chief
East/Pniowno District Command.
October 1917: Static Position General Staff Officer for the Mörchingen
District of the Bavarian XV Reserve Corps.
November 1917: Leader of Rear Staging Area Command 16, Trient.
December 1917: Senior Planning General Staff Officer of the Army High
December 1917: Transferred to the General Staff of Army Group Crown
December 1918: Adjutant of the Central Office of the Bavarian General
October 1919: Consultant in the Training Department of the Reich Defense
March 1920: Aide Officer in the Training Department of the Reich Defense
July 1920: Transferred to the staff of the 7th Division, München.
August 1920: Assigned to the Commandant of München.
January 1921: General Staff Officer on the staff of the Commandant of
October 1921: General Staff Officer and Tactics Instructor of the Leader
Assistant Courses on the staff of the 7th Division, München.
October 1923: Commander of the 4th Battery of Artillery Regiment 7,
Landsberg am Lech.
June 1925-17 July 1925: Detached to the Training and Firing Course at
the Senne Troop Training Area.
December 1925: Operations Officer (Ia) on the staff of the 7th Division,
April 1926: Consultant in the Army Training Department (T 4) of the
Troop Office/Reich Defense Ministry.
July 1928-5 August 1928: Detached to the 7th (Bavarian) Motorized Battalion.
October 1931: Chief of Staff of the 6th Division, Münster.
October 1934: Artillery Leader 7, München.
October 1935: Commander of the 7th Division, München.
November 1936: Transferred into the Army General Staff.
October 1937: Senior Quartermaster II (Deputy Chief of Staff for Training)
in the Army General Staff.
February 1938: Senior Quartermaster I (Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations)
in the Army General Staff with effect from 1 March 1938.
September 1938-24 September 1942: Chief of the Army General Staff.
September 1942: Dismissed from his post by Adolf Hitler and placed in
the Army High Command Leader Reserve. [Halder was succeeded by Generaloberst Kurt Zeitzler as Chief of the Army General Staff.]
July 1944: Arrested by the Gestapo for complicity in the 20 July 1944
plot to assassinate Hitler.
January 1945: Dismissed from the Army.
February 1945: Imprisoned at Flossenberg Concentration Camp.
April 1945: Transferred to Dachau Concentration Camp.
April 1945: Liberated by U.S. troops.
May 1945-30 June 1947: Prisoner of war in British and, later, U.S. captivity.
Head of the Historical Liaison Group of the U.S. Army Historical Division
in Königstein and Karlsruhe.
- Knight's Cross of
the Iron Cross: 27 October 1939, Generaloberst, Chief of the Army General
- Prussian Royal Hohenzollern
House Order, Knight's Cross with Swords: 2 October 1918.
- Prussian Iron Cross,
1st Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
- Prussian Iron Cross,
2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
- Bavarian Military
Merit Order, 4th Class with Swords and Crown
- Saxon Albert Order,
Knight 1st Class with Swords
- Cross of Honor for
- Bavarian Prinzregent
- Armed Forces Long
Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
- Armed Forces Long
Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
- Austrian Military
Merit Cross, 3rd Class with War Decoration
- Romanian Order of
Michael the Brave, 2nd and 3rd Classes: 14 October 1941 (Royal Decree No.
- Finnish Order of the
Cross of Liberty, 1st Class with Star, Oakleaf and Swords: 25 March 1942
- U.S. Meritorious Civilian
Service Medal: November 1961.
The Winds of War (1983 TV miniseries), Werner Kreindl.
War and Remembrance (1988 TV miniseries), Barry Morse.
When Hitler Invaded Britain (2004 TV), Malcolm Tierney.