A case of not judging a book by the cover. This German military hero and Hussar of the old school order. On 4 February 1940, Mackensen wrote to Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch about the the crimes of the Nazis in the field where politics had no place and their negative effect on the cause and the morale of the military. And then he resigned as the highest ranking officer, aged 90.
Heinrich Alfred Hermann Walther von Brauchitsch (4 October 1881-18 October 1948 was a German field marshal and the Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres (Commander of the Heer (Army)) in the early years of World War II.
Adolf Hitler with his generals at Compiegne during the French capitulation. From left to right: Wilhelm Keitel, Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Hitler, Erich Raeder and Walther von Brauchitsch. The railcar behind the group is the same one used by the French during the First World War when they accepted Germany's unconditional surrender. Hitler neither forgot nor forgave insults to the Fatherland.
Reichs Veterans Day at Kassel, Germany, 4 June 1939. From right to left : Reichspressechef Otto Dietrich, Carl Eduard The Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, ?, ?, Gauleiter Karl Weinrich, Adolf Hitler, Erich Raeder, Walther von Brauchitsch, Wilhelm Keitel, Heinrich Himmler, Franz Ritter von Epp and Martin Bormann