Wilhelm Bleckwenn

Wilhelm Bleckwenn

Wilhelm Bleckwenn
Born (1906-07-21)21 July 1906
Died 10 May 1989(1989-05-10) (aged 82)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935–45
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held Infaterie-Regiment 487
708. Volksgrenadier-Division

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


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 51.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 115.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 76.

External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
  • specialcamp11
Military offices
Preceded by
Konteradmiral Hans Hartmann
Commander of 1.Marine-Infanterie-Division
28 February 1945 - 8 May 1945
Succeeded by