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Kurt Chill
Chill
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of Death: 1976
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: Wehrmacht
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Tilting the Balance
through
Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Crushed
Kurt Chill (1 May 1895 – 5 July 1976) was a highly decorated German general, commanding troops on both the Eastern Front and against the Western Allies during World War II. He escaped the Soviet Red Army in 1945, only to be captured by the British. He was held until 1947.

After his release, he retired to relative obscurity.

Chill served during World War I. Between the wars, Chill retired from the army and became a police inspector.

Kurt Chill in Worldwar

Kurt Chill (1895-1944) was a lieutenant general in the German army, commanding the 122 Infantry Division. Part of the German offensive against the Soviet Union in 1941, Chill and his men were caught in the Russian town of Pskov when the Race's Conquest Fleet invaded Earth in 1942. He became the head of German forces in and around the town from then on, forming a very tenuous truce with Russian partisan forces lead by Aleksandr German and Nikolai Vasiliev. Naturally, neither side trusted the other, and each jockeyed for supremacy in their small corner of the war.

Conflict almost erupted when a group of British pilots led by George Bagnall brought a radar. Although the British were under orders to give it to the Soviets, Chill demanded that the British give the radar to the Reich, reminding the Soviets of Germany's superior position in the region. The Soviets countered with a threat to align themselves with the Race against the Germans. Bagnall broke the impasse by allowing Chill to photograph the radar's operating manual.

Chill became the overall head of all human forces in the area, German and Russian, based on the fact that he had the most experience as a tactical commander. However, the Russian leaders permitted this only under a plan suggested by Bagnall, which made the English the final arbiters of any conflict between the two sides. This included convincing Chill to allocate anti-tank weapons to the Russian commanders in for use against Lizard troopcarriers.

Unfortunately for Chill, in order to keep fighting, he eventually needed Soviet supplies, a fact that galled him. Nonetheless he continued to defend Pskov diligently and thoroughly.

Chill was killed when Lizard rockets hit the Krom, the ancient castle of Pskov that served as headquarters, crushing him and Vasiliev. This sudden decapitation of both Russian and German leadership caused both factions to prepare to fight each other again, prompting the British to leave Pskov.

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