z. D. (military language)

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Officers were in the German armed forces of the empire to the Wehrmacht for grabs , abbreviated z. D. as an addition to the rank . They retired from active service and received a pension . According to today's parlance, this corresponded to a transfer to “ temporary retirement ”. They were under the control of the Landwehr authorities and could be used again immediately in the event of mobilization , for example .

This happened particularly during the First World War . In this case the officer received his normal pay again .

A well-known example of this is the later Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg .

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