Walther von Reichenau.jpgIn an attempt to keep fit, Reichenau used to go on a daily cross-country run. On January 12, 1942, he ran several miles in temperatures well below minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. When he returned, he complained of feeling unwell and, later that day, he had a severe heart attack. After being unconscious for five days, it was decided to fly him back to Germany. Walter von Reichenau died on January 17, 1942, when the plane carrying him to Leipzig crash-landed.
Walter von Reichenau, Severity Order. Jews were to be treated as de facto partisans, and were to be shot or handed to the Einsatzgruppen execution squads Upon hearing of the Severity Order, Gerd von Rundstedt expressed "complete agreement" with it, and sent out a circular to all of the Army generals under his command urging them to send out their own versions of the Severity Order, which would impress upon the troops the need to exterminate Jews.