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The Führerreserve (“Leaders Reserve” or "Reserve for Leaders") was set up in 1939 as a pool of temporarily unoccupied high military officers waiting for new assignments in the German Armed Forces during World War II. The various military branches and army groups each had their own pools that they could use as they saw fit. The officers were required to remain at their assigned stations and be available to their superiors, but could not exercise any command function, which was equivalent to a temporary retirement while retaining their previous income. Especially in the second half of the war, more and more politically problematic, troublesome, or militarily incompetent officers were assigned to the Führerreserve.

Note concerning the name: The first compound, Führer, does not as elsewhere refer to "the Leader" Adolf Hitler, to whom the members of the Leaders Reserve were no more directly subject than were any other officers; it is plural and refers to the members themselves.

Examples of membersEdit


  1. ^ Karl August Meinel's report (in German)[1]