Walter Model

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Otto Moritz Walter Model (24 January 1891 – 21 April 1945) was a German officer during the First and Second World War. Although commanding offensive operations, he is best known for his defensive operations, and is sometimes described as the Wehrmacht's best defensive commander.

He committed suicide after his forces were surrounded in 1945 as National Socialist Germany was collapsing and he was told that the Soviet Union, against which he had fought many successful defensive battles, intended to punish him for alleged war crimes.