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Walter Wessel

Walter Wessel
Born 21 April 1892
Died 20 July 1943(1943-07-20) (aged 51)
Morano, Italy
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1912–43
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 12. Panzer-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Walter Wessel (21 April 1892 – 20 July 1943) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 12th Panzer Division. 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. Walter Wessel was killed in an auto accident on 20 July 1943 near Morano, Italy. Walter Wessel was also responsible for the Massacre in Ciepielów, at Ciepielów, Poland.


  • Awards and decorations 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Awards and decorations

See also


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 360.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 53.
  • 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 (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
Military offices
Preceded by
Generaloberst Josef Harpe
Commander of 12. Panzer-Division
15 January 1942 – 1 March 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Erpo Freiherr von Bodenhausen
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