Karl Eduard Wilhelm Groener : An Overview

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I. Introduction to Wilhelm Groener:

Karl Eduard Wilhelm Groener was born on November 22, 1867 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Groener joined the German army in 1884. He was the head of his class in 1896 when he

completed the Kriegsakademie. Groener eventually rose to the head of the railroad department of

the German general staff. He later became the chief of several departments of the War Office,

such as the Army Food Supply Office. He was also made responsible for maintaining production

for the war economy. Under Groener, the army established the principle of collective bargaining

for labor. In 1918 Groener left his position as Chief of Staff of Army Group Kiev to become first

Quartermaster General. Groener helped to bring home German troops following World War I

through the armistice he helped to bring about. He also fought against the threat of communist

dictatorship by authorizing the formation of special army units. Groener retired from the army in

1919 and served as Minister of Communications from 1920 to 1923, Minister of Defense from

1928 to 1932, and Minister of the Interior from 1931 to 1932. Groener opposed infiltration of the

armed forces by the Nazis and took measures to ban the SA, Nazi storm troopers. It was this

action that caused his fall from power. Groener died at the age of 71 on May 3, 1939.

II. Your Content:

1. Topic Overview:

The Weimar government was formed following Kaiser Wilhelm II’s abdication in

November of 1918. In…

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