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    I found this facinating that the person that planned the attack on Pearl Harbor, Minoru Genda, rose to the rank of General and Chief of Staff in the post war Japanese Air Self Defence Force.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Genda

    Are there any more like him?

  • #2
    Originally posted by IDonT4 View Post
    I found this facinating that the person that planned the attack on Pearl Harbor, Minoru Genda, rose to the rank of General and Chief of Staff in the post war Japanese Air Self Defence Force.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Genda

    Are there any more like him?
    From wikipedia:

    Many well-known fighter pilots who had fought with the Luftwaffe in World War II joined the new post-war air force and underwent refresher training in the U.S. before returning to West Germany to upgrade on the latest U.S.-supplied hardware. These included Erich Hartmann, the highest-ever scoring ace (352 enemy aircraft destroyed), Gerhard Barkhorn (301), Günther Rall (275) and Johannes Steinhoff (176). Steinhoff, who suffered a crash in a Messerschmitt Me 262 shortly before the end of the war that resulted in lifelong scarring of his face and other parts of his body, would eventually become commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe, with Rall as his immediate successor. Hartmann retired as an Oberst (colonel) in 1970 at age 48. Josef Kammhuber, mentioned above, also served in the post-war Luftwaffe, retiring in 1962 as Inspekteur der Bundesluftwaffe (chief inspector of the Federal air force).

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    • #3
      You left out Galland.
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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      • #4
        Let's not forget Erich von Manstein, whose post-war activities included being the senior defense adviser for Chancellor Adenauer and chairman of a parliamentary subcommittee on military organisation and doctrine for the Bundeswehr. His influence had many consider him to be the unofficial Chief of Staff of the West German army.

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        • #5
          General Hans Spiedel, Rommel's Chief of Staff for Army Group B in France 1944 was Commander-in-Chief of NATO ground forces in Central Europe between 1957 -1963
          Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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          • #6
            There was an SS-officer serving in Vietnam! Spec ops and such...

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauri_T%C3%B6rni

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            • #7
              Field Marshal Giovanni Messe, probably the best Italian general of WW2, became an Italian senator after the war.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Messe

              http://www.comandosupremo.com/Messe.html
              Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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              • #8
                Senger und Etterlin, one of the best unknown general.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fridoli...r_und_Etterlin

                After the war he worked for Bundeswehr and public radio.

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                • #9
                  there was also:
                  Heusinger (at Nato)
                  Foertsch :IG of the Bundeswehr
                  Trettner :IG of the Bundeswehr (fired in 1966)
                  Gehlen
                  Rogge :became an admiral

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                  • #10
                    Mors- the Paratrooper officer that planned and executed Gran Sasso

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