Willy Wesche

Willy Wesche

Willy Wesche
Born (1899-01-08)8 January 1899
Died 27 June 1944(1944-06-27) (aged 45)
Bobruysk, Belarus
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany (to 1944)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1916–20
Rank Oberst
Commands held Grenadier-Regiment 427

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Bank clerk

Willy Wesche (8 January 1899 – 27 June 1944) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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. Willy Wesche was killed on 27 June 1944 in Bobruysk, Belarus during the Bobruysk Offensive. he was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 6 August 1944.

Awards and decorations


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 438.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 360.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 73.

External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht