Fedor von Bock (1880-1945) was a German Army’s General. During World War I, he was assigned to the 4th Foot Guards Regiment, being promoted from Lieutenant to Major. During the first years of this armed conflict, he fought on the Western Front as battalion commander and was awarded Pour le Mérite, a Prussian military decoration granted to someone who performed an act of extreme bravery. In the 1920s, he went up through the ranks and, by 1933, the year Hitler rose to power, he had become General. In 1935, the Führer designated Fedor von Bock commander of Third Army Group of the newly established Wehrmacht, which had replaced the Reichswehr of the Weimar Republic.

In September 1939, during the invasion of Poland, von Bock was commander of Army Group North and in 1940, he was appointed commander of Army Group B, which pushed their way across the Low Countries and into France. In 1941, during Operation Barbarossa, he was the commander of Army Group Center, which had the task of capturing Moscow. However, he was unable to defeat the Red Army at the Battle of Moscow as he had to fall back with heavy losses, especially due to the Russian Winter. As a result, he was dismissed as commander of Army Group Center, but he was put in charge of Army Group South in early 1942. By July 2, he had seccessfully commanded his troops during the Siege of Sevastopol, in Ukraine. However, he would be dismissed again from his post by mid July that year as Hitler deemed him not aggressive enough because von Bock tried to delay the offensive on Stalingrad. In 1943, he was forced to retire from the German Army. He had the rank of Field Marshal. On May 4, 1945, he was killed by a British fighter aircraft, which attacked the car in which he was traveling to Kiel.

Place of Birth: Küstrin, Prussia, on December 3, 1880. Married to Mally von Reichenbach.

Decorations: Pour le Mérite, Iron Cross, Knight Cross of the Iron Cross.

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