Wilhelm Bleckwenn

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Wilhelm Bleckwenn
Born (1906-10-21)21 October 1906
Berge
Died 10 May 1989(1989-05-10) (aged 82)
Saarbrücken
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935–45
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held Infaterie-Regiment 487
708. Volksgrenadier-Division
1.Marine-Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Police Officer

Wilhelm Bleckwenn (21 October 1906 – 10 May 1989) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. 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. Generalmajor Bleckwenn was awarded the Oak Leaves for his leadership after the collapse Army Group Centre. He led his regiment on a 44-day fighting retreat from the Dnieper to East Prussia. Wilhelm Bleckwenn was captured by British troops in 1945 and was held until 1947.

Awards and decorations

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1997, p. 51.
  2. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 45.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 115.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Military offices
Preceded by
Konteradmiral Hans Hartmann
Commander of 1.Marine-Infanterie-Division
28 February 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
None