Ferdinand Čatloš

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Ferdinand Čatloš
Ferdinand Čatloš.jpg
Čatloš during World War II, c. early 1940s
Born(1895-10-07)7 October 1895
Szentpéter, Kingdom of Hungary (now Liptovský Peter, Slovakia)
Died31 August 1972(1972-08-31) (aged 76)
Martin, Czechoslovakia, (now Martin, Slovakia)
Allegiance Slovak Republic (1939–1945)
Service/branchSlovak Army
Commands heldField Army Bernolák
Battles/warsInvasion of Poland
Operation Barbarossa

Ferdinand Čatloš (October 7, 1895 – December 16, 1972) was a Slovak military officer and politician. Throughout his short career in the administration of the Slovak Republic he held the post of Minister of Defence. He was also the commanding officer of the Field Army Bernolák during the Invasion of Poland and Operation Barbarossa. On 2 August 1944 he abandoned his post and joined the partisan fighters. At the conclusion of World War II, he was imprisoned for three years by the National Court of Bratislava and released in 1948. He spent the remainder of his life working as an ordinary clerk in Martin, Czechoslovakia.

Ferdinand (center) after the Invasion of Poland