Quartermaster general

Quartermaster general

A Quartermaster general is the staff officer in charge of supplies for a whole army.

The United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the Quartermaster-General to the Forces (QMG) is one of the most senior generals in the British Army. Each formation has a Deputy Quartermaster-General (DQMG), Assistant Quartermaster-General (AQMG) or Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General (DAQMG), depending on its size.


In the German Army, while a "Quartiermeister" was a non-commissioned officer in charge of supplies, a "Generalquartiermeister" did "not" deal with supplies, but with operational command. He was the most senior officer below an Army's Chief of Staff [http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartiermeister] .

For example, during the First World War, Erich Ludendorff was "Generalquartiermeister" to the German Second Army in August 1914. With his expert knowledge of the plans for the assault on Liege, which he had helped to draw up, he was sent to supervise that assault and took personal charge when the brigade commander was killed.

More famously, when Paul von Hindenburg was appointed Chief of the General Staff at the "Oberste Heeresleitung" (OHL or "Supreme Army Command") in August 1916, Ludendorff, who had been his Chief of Staff in the East, came with him. Ludendorff declined to be known as "Second Chief of the General Staff" and instead chose the title "First Quartermaster-General" - in which role he directed the operations of the German Armies and wielded power over German politics and industry.



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