Taken from Ziemke's "Stalingrad to Berlin", on Gen.Fd.Marshal Walter Model's trandfer from OBd AGNorth to AGSouth, taking over from v.Manstein: On 28 March (1944) Hitler's chief adjutant, Schmundt, called on Model to tell him that in a few days Hitler would name him to replace Manstein as Commanding General, Army Group South. For Model the news came at an inconvenient moment. He had just completed a situation estimate in which he said that the army group "might" be able to give two divisions to Army Group South after the front settled down. Hastily he reworked the estimate and in the altered draft reached the conclusion that Army Group North could give up five diviXsions and a corps staff immediately, and the 12th Panzer Division as soon as two self-propelled assault gun brigades and a batXtalion of tanks could be sent to replace it. On the 29th he went to the Fuehrer headquarters. Still officially the Commanding General, Army Group North, he attempted to use his authority to raid the army group for the benefit of his new command. In what Zeitzler later described as "unimaginable goings on" Model first told Hitler that the army group could give up five divisions and then raised the number to six. In a telegram to Army Group North headquarters he stated that the Fuehrer had ordered the six divisions transferred. By telephone he gave the chief of staff half an hour in which to report that the order was being carried out. Finally, Zeitzler was forced to intervene and instruct the army group not to act on any of Model's orders. On 31 March, with Model safely installed as Commanding General, Army Group South, Zeitzler persuaded Hitler to reduce the proposed transfers to one division and that only in the near future. The next day, after the air had a chance to clear, Hitler agreed. What a SOB !