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Born July 6, 1885, in Bochum; died July 17, 1945, in Nottinghamshire. Field marshal of the fascist German Army (1943).
Busch fought in World War I and then served in the Reichswehr. In 1938 he began to command the VIII Army Corps and fought in the Polish Campaign of 1939. In October 1939 he was appointed commander of the Sixteenth Army during the French Campaign and on the Soviet-German front. In November 1943 he became commander of Army Group Center and was placed in the reserves after the defeat in Byelorussia in August 1944. In March 1945 he became commander of a grouping of German troops in northwestern Germany. He died in captivity in England.