21 July 1906|
10 May 1989
|Years of service||1935–45|
|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
- West Wall Medal (20 March 1940)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- Infantry Assault Badge (1 July 1940)
Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze
- in Silver
Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black (10 September 1941)
- in Silver (20 August 1943)
- Eastern Front Medal (20 August 1942)
- German Cross in Gold (14 April 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Thomas 1997, p. 51.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 115.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.
- Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.
- 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.
- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- World War 2 Awards.com
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
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Commander of 1.Marine-Infanterie-Division
28 February 1945 - 8 May 1945