A Wedding Attendance Thank You Card from Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg
A Wedding Attendance Thank You Card from Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg - Invitation has the Wehrmacht Commander-in-Chief flag in the upper left corner, inscribed in running script "Generalfeldmarschall von Blomberg und Frau von Blomberg danken herzlich für die ihnen anlasslich ihrer Vermahlung erwiesene Aufmerksamkeit", printed in red and black inks on a thick, off-white card stock, 104 mm x 148 mm, marks on the reverse but the obverse is clean, near extremely fine. Footnote: Werner Eduard Fritz von Blomberg (September 2, 1878 – March 14, 1946) was a German Generalfeldmarschall, Minister of War, and Commander-in-Chief of the German Armed Forces until January 1938. He served with distinction on the Western Front during the First World War and was awarded the Pour le Mérite. Legally, the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht was Adolf Hitler in his capacity as Germany's head of state, a position he gained after the death of President Paul von Hindenburg in August 1934. Unfortunately for Blomberg, his position as the ranking officer of the Third Reich alienated Hermann Göring, Hitler's second-in-command, and Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, Germany's air force and Heinrich Himmler, the Chief of the SS, the security organization of the Nazi Party, and concurrently the chief of all police forces of Germany, who conspired to oust him from power. Göring, in particular, had ambitions of becoming Commander-in-Chief himself of the entire military. In the re-shuffle in 1938, Hitler became the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and retained that position until his suicide on April 30, 1945. Administration and military authority initially lay with the war ministry under Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg. He resigned in the course of the Blomberg-Fritsch Affair of 1938.