Josef Rettemeier

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Josef-Wilhelm Rettemeier
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Josef Rettemeier
Born 17 September 1914
Died 19 December 1997(1997-12-19) (aged 83)
Bad Nauheim
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1934–45
Rank Oberst (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Commands held Panzer-Abteilung 5
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Military advisor in Taiwan

Josef-Wilhelm Rettemeier (17 September 1914 – 19 December 1997) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II and an Oberst in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Rettemeier was commissioned as a Leutnant in 1936, and was assigned to the Panzertruppe. After the outbreak of WWII, he saw combats in France, North Africa and the Eastern Front, assuming command of company and battalion-sized formations. He was also in charge of an training unit for Panther tank drivers and officer candidates in the fall of 1944.[1]

Rettemeier once worked in the steel industry before joining the Bundeswehr in 1956, leading panzer regiments and brigades, then served as X.O. in panzer and jäger divisions. After his retirement in 1972, Rettemeier came to Taiwan as the member of "Ming-teh-Gruppe", a German military advisory group. During his assignment in Taiwan, Rettemeier aided the creation and training for armored troops of the Republic of China Army. He died at Bad Nauheim in 1997.[2]

Awards and decorations



  1. Wang 2007, p. 251.
  2. Wang 2007, pp. 251-52.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas 1998, p. 200.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 289.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 68.


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  • Wang, Yue-che (2007). German Military Advisors in Taiwan 1963-1975 (明德專案 : 德國軍事顧問在台工作史實) (in Chinese). Taipei, Taiwan: Transoxania Publishing Corp. ISBN 9789574146543. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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