Talk:Erich Ludendorff

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"Hitler's attempt, in co-operation with General Ludendorff, to unseat the German government in November, l923, through an open rebellion in Munich, was foiled through the efforsts of the local Reichswehr under the command of Von Lossow, and the refusal of Von Kahr, Bavarian Prime minister, to accommodate the Fuhrer. (Von Kahr and Von Lossow were murdered in the Reichsmordwoche, the "Blood Purge", June 30, l934.). From that time on Hitler's hatred for the Junkers, the Reichwehr and all clerical politicians was boundless: his paladins in the army were in the end all non-Junkers such as Jodl, Guderian and "die Keitel". P. F. Drucker was quite right when he said of Hitler's relation to the German army that the Fuhrer "hated it just as much as any German Liberal did." The Church, ably led by Cardinal von Faulhaber, also opposed Hitler on principle." Liberty or Equality pg 260.

Furthermore, Ludendorff was not a Junker.

Junkers are Right wingers. Ludendorff though militaristic was not a right winger, So the right wing from the article might stay or I might add conservative. It was the extremists right-wingers Von Lossow and Von Kahr that put a stop to Hitler.WHEELER 16:35, 4 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Not all Junkers were right-wingers. What a sweeping statement. A lot were conservatives, though, and a minority were Roman Catholic liberals. David Lauder 16:38, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

He was a nationalist but not a rightist. Rightist is monarchist.WHEELER 16:43, 4 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Another sweeping statement, of no merit. David Lauder 16:38, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes, Ludendorff was associated to the Junker class through his mother's name, but his mother's family was not wealthy either. (Parkinson, Roger Tortured Warrior: Ludendorff and the Supreme Command, also Asprey's The German High Command at War) These are just two. Every book I have read notes that he is of humble beginnings; they lived in Posen on a farm, the von Tempelhoffs did not have money, the family cheered his decision to pursue the military because they could not afford to support the rest of the family, including the other 5 children. -- 02:14, 4 August 2005 (UTC)


What authority gave Ludendorff the "honorary" title of von? Are we sure it wouldn't be more accurate to say "sometimes incorrectly referred to as Erich von Ludendorff"? Binabik80 23:52, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

Absolutely, and it used to say that. I missed it being changed. He was never a noble, although that hasn't stopped idiot Anglo-Saxon historians from ennobling him (*glares*). Mackensen (talk) 02:43, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
he signed his autobiography Erich von Ludendorff title page That name is used in over 300 scholarly books published by university presses. Who exactly states that it is not his correct name???? Rjensen (talk) 03:14, 7 February 2016 (UTC)


Not a good article at all, lacking really good citations and adequate sources. Seems to have a certain slant to it. I will try and improve it at some point. David Lauder 16:35, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Strategical thinking/politics[edit]

This article would say more about the man if it included some of his ideas re: warfare and strategy, and went into his political ideas in more depth. I know that he wrote at length on these subjects, and they are relevant to his military career and his dabbling in post-war politics. I can't get a grip of the man based on this article. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:35, 26 April 2007 (UTC).

Wasn't he a true militarist? A book I have read made references to a book he wrote called "On Totalitarian Warfare". From what I graps he believed war was the highest of all human activities. If this is true then it should be included. (talk) 13:21, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

26 Oct[edit]

Article previously implied he left his wartimeposition in September - the portal:war anniversary list (based on October 26) stated today was his resignation date. Based on discussion with User talk:Kirill Lokshin amended text with material from Ludendorff(1920). Bridesmill 03:01, 26 October 2007 (UTC)


On his WW1 goals which he tried to push through in the Empire.--Molobo (talk) 14:20, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Lack of citations[edit]

I share the concerns expressed by another user on the need of sources for this article, almost two years ago. Thus I have posted the proper banner at the top of the page.--Darius (talk) 21:12, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

This page sums up why Wikipedia is seen as a joke site by some. Not everything needs a citation and to put those tags in EVERYWHERE makes the page look extremely ugly and cluttered. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:25, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

INCORRECT-everything DOES need references in Wikipedia, and yes, it is considered a joke in academia because so much of it is uncited, and often those cites are 'massaged' to the editor's POV. Those tags are not only needed, but required per the rules here.HammerFilmFan (talk) 13:19, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

The reason why wikipedia is an unreliable, joke of a website, is precisely because of a lack of credible citations. You get left-wing nutjobs writing nonsense unopposed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:32, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Prophetic "Telegram"[edit]

This article includes a "prophetic telegram" alleged to have been sent by Ludendorff to Hindenburg with a reference link to The History Place.

It was actually included by the British historian Ian Kershaw in his work, Hitler 1889–1936: Hubris, (London, 1998) ISBN 0-393-32035-9. After determining that the telegram was never sent and was a forgery, Kershaw has removed it from subsequent publications of the book. This article claims "Although the original copy of the telegram has yet to be found...yada, yada,", it's hardly encyclopedic information and should therefore be removed. Pure propaganda. Dr. Dan (talk) 21:47, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

I admit that a brief search on the issue seems to confirm what Dan wrote. I would remove it as well, but would feel more secure if I had something more sourced.--MyMoloboaccount (talk) 16:30, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
I see this is in the article despite someone questioning it years ago. I might buy Ian Kershaws book to confirm, because this is all very interesting to me anyway, and will report back. This is an interesting article, this guy was too crazy even for Hitler? But it has poor sources. Popish Plot (talk) 16:23, 7 April 2015 (UTC)


Given Ludendorff's antipathy to Hitler throughout the time Hitler was in power and Ludendorff was still living, I think it's a bit of a stretch to say that he had any allegiance to Nazi Germany. He was long retired from the military by then, and offered no support to the Nazi regime politically, either. Jsc1973 (talk) 06:14, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

I would change the allegiance section of the info box to just "German Empire" and drop the other two. The same applies to the info on where he served - he only served in the army of the Empire and resigned/was fired in October 1918. He never held a position in the Weimar or Nazi armed forces.Drow69 (talk) 12:06, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

it's Erster Generalquartiermeister not Erste Generalquartiermeister[edit]

due to german reflexion of words, there has to be an "r" in the end. Trust me, I'm a native speaker. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:40, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Kapp Putsch[edit]

His involvement in the Kapp Putsch of 1920 is mentioned in the lede, but not in the article itself. Valetude (talk) 18:18, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

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