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 Ferdinand Catlos

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Ferdinand Catlos

  • Birth 7 Oct 1895
  • Death 16 Dec 1972
  • Burial Martin, okres Martin, Zilinsky, Slovakia
  • Memorial ID 23144

Slovakian Army General. Born in Liptovsky Peter, Kingdom of Hungary, he was a Slovak military officer and politician. He attended military academy in Prague and saw action in Russia during World War 1. After the formation of Czechoslovakia, he remained in the military and became the Minister of Defense of the German-sponsored Slovak Republic, serving from the 1920s to 1930s. With the outbreak of World War II, he was named the commanding General of the 4th Division Strong Field Army Bernolák, participated in the invasion of Poland, in 1939 and the invasion of the Soviet Union, in 1941. In 1944, as Soviet troops advanced, he drafted a plan for the military to overthrow the German-sponsored state, sent a delegation to Moscow, Russia and his proposals were rejected by the Soviets. Learning that the Germans were planning on arresting him, he joined the anti-German resistance in September 1944, but he was detained by the Soviets in Kiev, Ukraine and later was transferred to Moscow. He was imprisoned at Butyrka, Moscow, until 1947 and then given another prison sentence by a court in Czechoslovakia. Upon his release in 1948, he worked as a clerk in Martin, Slovakia. He died there on December 16, 1972, at age 77.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23144
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ferdinand Catlos (7 Oct 1895–16 Dec 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23144, citing National Cemetery, Martin, okres Martin, Zilinsky, Slovakia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .