Jump to content

Religious generals of Heer


Recommended Posts

Hello Gentlemen,

Im looked in the internet for informations on religious generals of Heer, but im found only of the Kriegsmarine. I would like to know if someone has informations on these officers. (Names, collar tabs , shoulder boards)

Thx in advance

Regards

The Heer did have Religious Officers and Officials. I believe that the general officers were Bishops(?). I will have to check my references. I will write back with more information soon.

Regards

Paul

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If you mean the Field Bishops, the same two men served as command chaplains for BOTH the army and navy and always had.

Catholic = Franz Justus Rarkowski (1873-1950), Titular Bishop of Hierocaesarea and Catholic Field Bishop of the Wehrmacht 20 February 1938 to 6 February 1945, though he was absent on sick leave from 27 January 1944! He was a large fat man who always looked as if he had indigestion.

Protetstant = Franz Dohrmann (1881-1969), Protestant Field Bishop of the Wehrmacht 1 April 1934 to 22 April 1945, when he sought sanctuary in the Benedictine (!) Cloister at Niederalteich. He was a tiny little pleasant faced man, who has appeared on 1945 movie film in old TV programs ("The World At War?") just showing surrendering German troops at war's end without identifying him--watch for a small group of chaplains standing around together.

The navy additionally had a "Senior Deacon" who was considered of the equivalent status, but was not, really.:

Friedrich August Ronneberger (1886-1968) who was Senior Naval Deacon from 11 December 1939 but he was NEVER a Bishop.

There was no one else during the Third Reich--

the previous Protestant Field Bishop, D. theol. Erich Schlegel (1866-1938) had served in that position from 1920 until retiring 31 January 1934. There was NO Catholic Field Bishop from 1920 to 1938.

The German Imperial Navy also shared joint senior chaplains with the Prussian Army-- same person holding BOTH positions.

There were often gaps when the Catholoc position was empty because of political problems with the Vatican.

There was never more than ONE Catholic and ONE Protestant German military Field Bishop.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, which is why there were only two.

Oddly enough, all ordinary career pre-war Wehrmacht chaplains were paid at the same salary grade as if they were a Major. Ours went up in "military" rank by seniority, so one could be a 1st Lieutenant or a full Colonel depending on experience and time in the Chaplain Corps.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 year later...

Hello Gentlemen,

some questions about the Field Bishops of Wehrmacht:

Which the color used in collar tabs of Franz Dohrmann and Franz Justus Rarkowski??

Which the equivalent rank they had in the Wehrmacht?? Looking in this pic of Rarkowski (From AHF Forum), i think this is a Oberst...

In another pics that I saw, them were not wearing shoulder boards? is this correct?

Thx in advance

Regards

Edited by Alexandre
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Blog Comments

    • As a theology student my professor, a much published former Naval chaplain, set us an essay, saying that if we could answer that successfully we would be guaranteed  a good degree "Which of the gospel writers was the biggest liar, discuss."   I got a good mark, but  don't want to be burned for heresy.   P
    • As my father used to say: "Tain't so much Pappy's a liar - he just remembers big."  
    • Brian: First, let me say that I always enjoy reading your blog and your "spot on" comments.  Another fine topic with such a broad expansion into so many different facets.  I had watched this a week or two ago and when reading your blog, it reminded me of this great quote.   There is a great video on the origins of "Who was Murphy in Murphy's Law"   Anyway, about mid way through this video, there is this great quote and I think it sums it up quite well to your statem
    • I've received word from the Curator that she has permission to re-open this summer.   We're already making plans for a November event at the Museum.   Michael
    • I recall I did the same on hot days at Old Fort York back in 1973-74 - wool uniforms, and at 90F they would let you take your backpack off.   Michael
×
×
  • Create New...