Ferdinand Jodl

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Ferdinand Jodl
Ferdinand Jodl.jpg
Ferdinand Jodl in 1926
Born(1896-11-28)28 November 1896
Landau, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Died9 June 1956(1956-06-09) (aged 59)
Essen, West Germany
Allegiance German Empire
 Nazi Germany
RankGeneral der Gebirgstruppe
Commands heldXIX Mountain Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross
RelationsAlfred Jodl (brother)

Ferdinand Alfred Friedrich Jodl (28 November 1896 – 9 June 1956) was a German general during World War II who commanded the Mountain Corps Norway during the Petsamo–Kirkenes Offensive. He was the younger brother of Alfred Jodl, Chief of the Operations Staff of the OKW.

Life and career[edit]

Ferdinand Jodl entered the German Army in August 1914 as an ensign, serving as a Lieutenant in a Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment from 1915 until the end of World War I. He remained in the army after 1918, becoming a general staff officer. In this capacity he served with XII Corps in the early part of World War II, then moving to XXXXIX Mountain Corps. From 1942 he served in Finland and North Norway, first as chief of staff of the 20th Mountain Army, then as commander of the XIX Mountain Corps,[1] receiving the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his command of this corps in January 1945.[2] He ended the war as commander of German forces in North Norway, grouped under the name Army Detachment Narvik, having attained the rank of General of Mountain Troops.[1]

Ferdinand Jodl died in Essen on 9 June 1956, aged 59 and was buried on Frauenchiemsee in Bavaria.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]




  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
  • Lucas, James (1980). Alpine Elite: German Mountain Troops of World War II. Jane's Publishing. ISBN 0531037134.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Military offices
Preceded by
General der Gebirgstruppe Georg Ritter von Hengl
Commander of XIX. Gebirgs-Armeekorps
15 May 1944 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
Organisation disbanded