Herbert Büchs

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Herbert Büchs
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Born (1913-11-20)20 November 1913
Beuthen, Upper Silesia
Died 19 May 1996(1996-05-19) (aged 82)
Allegiance Flag of Germany.svg Federal Republic of Germany
Service/branch Air Force
Rank LD B 63 Generalleutnant.svg Generalleutnant
Commands held

Herbert Büchs (20 November 1913 – 19 May 1996) was a German air force Lieutenant General who was a Luftwaffe staff officer in Nazi Germany's Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) during World War II. As second adjutant to General Alfred Jodl with the rank of Major he is notable for being present in the conference room when the July 20 plot bomb exploded in 1944.


Büchs was born in Beuthen, Upper Silesia, where he graduated from the Catholic secondary school in 1933. He then studied economics at the Universities of Graz and Munich. He joined the Air Force in 1935 and became a fighter pilot. In 1939 at the oubreak of World War II he was an operations officer and in June 1941 he flew a Junkers Ju 88 during Operation Barbarossa and his right arm was injured by machine gun fire. On 1 November 1943 he was appointed as a General Staff Officer with the Wehrmacht Operations Staff at Adolf Hitler's headquarters. He briefed him on the air war at daily situation conferences and on one occasion had to report the loss of 300 aircraft.

In June 1946 he provided testimony as a witness at the Nuremberg Trials of Major War Criminals. He then worked in civil engineering on projects in the Middle East and in 1957 rejoined the military and became an aerial tactics instructor at the Bundeswehr Staff College. He later rose to be Deputy Director of Leadership on the Air Force Command Staff and Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces Operations Staff.[1]


  1. http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-46437600.html Herbert Büchs in Der Spiegel 1967. Retrieved 6 July 2012
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Gustav-Adolf Kuntzen
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven