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Name  Rudolf Bamler

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Born  6 May 1896 Osterburg (Altmark), Saxony-Anhalt (1896-05-06)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)  Weimar Republic (to 1933)  Nazi Germany (to 1944) NKFD (to 1945) German Democratic Republic
Service/branch  German Army Empire Army Reichswehr Wehrmacht Kasernierte Volkspolizei
Rank  Generalleutnant of the Wehrmacht Generalmajor of the KVP
Battles/wars  World War I World War II
Died  March 13, 1972, Gros Glienicke, Germany

Years of service  1915–45; 1948–58
Battles and wars  World War I, World War II
Commands held  12th Infantry Division

Rudolf Bamler (6 May 1896 – 13 March 1972) was a German general during the World War II. Although Bamler was a member of the Nazi Party he would later serve as a leading member of the East German security forces.


Early life

Bamler was born in Osterburg (Altmark), Saxony-Anhalt, the son of Protestant clergyman Johannes Bamler (born 1864) and his wife Anna Garlipp (1873-1932). He enlisted in the Prussian Army and served in the First World War with the 15th Division.


Bamler was attached to the Abwehr as the head of section III (counterespionage) and here he helped to encourage closer co-operation with the Gestapo and Sicherheitsdienst (SD). This role also meant that Bamler maintained a network of informers across German society rivalled only by that of the SD. Although he had a difficult personal relationship with his superior Wilhelm Canaris the two co-operated closely in supporting Canaris' friend Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War.

World War II

Following the outbreak of the Second World War Bamler was appointed Chief of Staff of Wehrkreis VII (Munich) before a transfer to the same role in XX (Danzig). Bamler was then made Chief of Staff to the XXXXVII Panzer Corps in 1940. From 1942 to 1944 he was Chief of Staff to the German Army in Norway under Generaloberst Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, having risen to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Bamler was then moved to the Eastern Front and from 1 to 27 June he was commander of the 121st Infantry Division, before being replaced by Helmuth Prieß. He was simultaneously commander of the 12th Infantry Division, with Gerhard Engel his replacement.

Bamler's commands ended as he had surrendered to the Red Army on 27 June 1944. However embittered by what he saw as the sacrifice of his division Bamler defected to the Soviet Union that had captured him.

Later years

Bamler settled in East Germany and worked as a Stasi police officer there from 1946 until his retirement in 1962. He also held the rank of Major General in the Kasernierte Volkspolizei. He died in Groß Glienicke aged 77.


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