Mueller was born in Munich, Bavaria in 1900, the son of working class Catholic parents. After service in the last year of World War I as a pilot for an artillery spotting unit, during which he was decorated several times for bravery (including the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class, Bavarian Military Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords and Bavarian Pilots Badge), he joined the Bavarian Police in 1919. Mueller joined the SS in 1934. By 1936, with Heydrich head of the Gestapo, Mueller was its operations chief. Mueller continued to rise quickly through the ranks of the SS: in October 1939 he became an SS-Oberfuehrer, in November 1941 - Gruppenfuehrer and Lieutenant General of the police. In September 1939, when the Gestapo and other police organizations were consolidated under Heydrich into the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA), Mueller was chief of the RSHA "Amt IV" (Office or Dept. 4): Gestapo. After the war Mueller continued being the chief of Gestapo, in 1952 Himmler appointed Mueller as new chief of the RSHA. After Hitler's death in 1958 Heinrich Himmler didn't agree to accept new race laws and retired, Ernst Kaltenbrunner became new Reichsfuehrer-SS until his sudden death in 1970. When Mueller became new minister of interior order and security (which meant chief of SS, RSHA and Police in complex) he didn't accept the rank of Reichsfuehrer-SS and he's still Oberstgruppenfuehrer now.
His awards are:
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd class + 1939 clasp, earned in 1940
WW1 Iron Cross 1st class + 1939 clasp, earned in 1940
Knight's Cross of Cross of Military Merit with Swords in Gold - earned in 1966 for his merit to the SS
Golden NSDAP party badge
SS Distinguished Service Cross in Gold with Oak leaves - got one in 1972 for 40 years of being in the SS lists
WW1 Bavarian Military Merit Cross 2nd class with Swords - got one in 1918
WW1 Veteran Cross with Swords - got one in 1934
Sudetenland Medal - got one in 1938
Anschluss Medal - got one in 1938
Agreed, good chart and story. Was Kaltenbrunner's death natural, or "accidental"?
I think natural, he was 67 after all, heart attack or else
Yes. Do you have a theory on what happened to Muller in real life? I think it's been confirmed that he didn't go to the Soviet Union. I think he most likely ended up in an unmarked grave in Berlin.
Yes, it's a sad simple story, nevertheless it would be very interesting to find out the truth. Earlier there was 1900-??? in his life dates everywhere, now there's a tendention to write 1900-1945 (same with Martin Bormann).
I'd use the question marks if I were writing about the real Muller. There are only two things that I find sad about it. First is that to find out the truth, you'd have to exhume every unmarked grave in Berlin (and that's a lot, considering the bombing raids, and the Soviet attack on Berlin). Second is that he appears to have cheated the hangman. He should have received his just deserts.
Awesome chart and story, but shouldn't the middle uniform have a sleeve eagle?