|Years of service 1936–45
Unit 7th Panzer Division
Rank General officer
Name Gerd Schmuckle
|Born 1 December 1917
Stuttgart, Kingdom of Wurttemberg, German Empire (1917-12) |
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945) West Germany (to 1980)
Battles/wars World War II Fall of France Eastern Front
Died May 28, 2013, Munich, Germany
Battles and wars Battle of France, Eastern Front, World War II
Service/branch German Army, West Germany
Gerd Schmückle (1 December 1917 – 28 May 2013) was a German four-star general. Schmückle served in the 7th Panzer Division under Erwin Rommel during the Fall of France. With this division he later fought in the Soviet Union where he was wounded six times. In early 1944, he was promoted to the German General Staff, major and artillery battalion commander. After the surrender of the Wehrmacht in 1945 he operated a farm in Bavaria and worked as a journalist. In 1956, he joined the Bundeswehr where he was promoted to general in 1978.
From 1978 to 1980 he was Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, the first German to hold the post.