Final Nazi Hero
Markus Oustfeld was born in 1899 in Flensburg, a town in northern Germany not far from the present day Danish border. His father was Austrian, his mother from Andorra. A couple of months before his 15 birthday, he lied about his age and joined the German army fighting in France during “The War to End All Wars”. He had a rapid rise through the ranks and when he was 20 he joined the German army Officer corps.
In 1943, he was promoted to the honorary rank of Generalfeldmarschall and appointed Generaloberst of the rapidly diminishing forces east of the river Elbe. He was, and still is the youngest person ever to hold these ranks. He personally oversaw the reorganisation of all German Special Forces. In 1944, he split his command in two, giving the newly appointed commander of Army Group Vistula, General Gotthard Heinrici, full command of his remaining Wehrmacht and SS units. Oustfeld and the remaining members of SS-Jäger-Battalion 502, The Brandenburgers, and two regiments of Fallschirmjäger headed south to Switzerland. They remained there and launched small scale attacks on American, British and Russian troops in northern Italy, southern Germany and Austria. (more…)