|Birth||15 November 1883, Metz, France|
|Death||22 April 1950, Munich, Germany (aged 66 years)|
Günther Rüdel (15 November 1883 – 22 April 1950) was a German general in the Luftwaffe during World War II.
Günther Rüdel was born in Metz, in Alsace-Lorraine, on 15 November 1883. Rüdel served as a captain during World War I, working for the Ministry of War. Günther Rüdel made a brilliant military career in the Reichswehr, then in the Luftwaffe. He attained the grade of Generalleutnant on April 1936, and General der Flakartillerie on October 1937. Rüdel was assigned "Inspekteur der Flakartillerie" from 1938 to 1942. During the Second World War, Günther Rüdel attained the grade of Generaloberst on November 1942. Rüdel stood up to Adolf Hitler in the Beer Hall Putsch, the failed 1923 coup d'état against the Weimar Republic government, stopping him from shooting an official with his pistol. His grandson, John Crane, a civilian US military executive in charge of its whistleblower protection unit, himself became a whistleblower in 2013.
Dates of ranks
Fähnrich : 5 July 1902 Leutnant : March 1904 Oberleutnant : March 1912 Hauptmann : 9 August 1915 Commandant : 1 December 1923 Oberstleutnant : 1 February 1929 Oberst : 1 October 1934 Generalleutnant : 1er April 1936 ; General der Flakartillerie : 1 October 1937 Generaloberst : 1 November 1942
Medals and decorations
Iron Cross of 1914, 1st and 2nd class Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords Military Merit Order (Bavaria), 4th class with Swords Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg Wilhelm Ernst War Cross Order of the Iron Crown, 3rd class with War Decoration (Austria) Military Merit Cross, 3rd class with War Decoration (Austria-Hungary) Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 Wehrmacht Long Service Award, 4th with 1st class War Merit Cross (1939), 1st and 2nd class with Swords Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with swords Anti-Aircraft Flak Battle Badge