Bessel, Arnold Nikolas Emil von

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Bessel, Arnold Nikolas Emil von, born on 24-05-1982 in Wiesbaden, the son of Oberst a.D. Arnold von Bessel and his wife Nathalie Mikhailovna Dubelt. He entered the Army Service on 27-02-1902, age 20, as a Fähnrich in the 94th Infantry Regiment. Promoted to Leutnant on 27-01-1903. From 23-10-1909 transferred to the 131rd  Infantry Regiment to 23-10-1913, meanwhile a Oberleutnant, and again transferred to the Reserve Officers of the Regiment until 03-08-1914. From 03-08-1914 he, now a Hauptmann, is reactivated and with the Staff of the 14th Infantry Regiment. With the beginning of the first war  he is Company Chief of the 16th  Infantry Regiment until 01-08-1916. He ends World War I, as Battalion Leader of the 57th Infantry Regiment. From 22-03-1919 until 01-08-1919 he now a Major is with the Volunteer Landjäger Corps to 01-08-1919. Transferred on 01-08-1919 to the Police Service, as a Police Major. A twenty years he is working with the Police in Berlin as a Oberstleutnant from 01-04-1931 and 01-03-1936 reactivated in the Army Service and as an Oberst he is the Training Director in Karlsruhe, to 25-08-1939. At the beginning of World War II, von Bessel is commander of the 33rd  Landswehr Infantry Regiment, later renamed 326th Infantry Regiment, until 15-11-1940. Successive commander of the 595th Infantry Regiment to 15-11-1940, of the 326th Infantry Regiment, from the 709th Infantry Division  until 15-07-1942 and lost his position to Generalleutnant, Nake Albin    who died age 57, in 1947, in Salzburg. Von Bessel then lands in the infamous Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know), from 15-07-1942 until 25-07-1942.  He was appointed as Commander of POW’s in Military District XX to 14-11-1942, now a Generalmajor. Commander of POW’s in Operation Area II until 03-10-1943. He again landed in the Führer Reserve  now from 03-10-1943 until 31-01-1944.

Death and burial ground of Bessel, Arnold Nikolas Emil von.

Von Bessel at last retired from the Service, age 61, on 31-01-1944, but is still in French captivity until 19-07-1945. He died in the hospital of Villamine du Rhin in Paris, on 19-07-1945, age 63 and is buried on the war cemetery of Champigny St. André. Close by the graves of SS Brigadeführer, Kommandeur SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 1, Fritz Witt, Generaloberst der Waffen SS, Commander 7th Armee, Friedrich Dollmann
   , Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Heeresgruppe 198, Otto Abernetty and SS Obersturmführer, 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” Hans-Herman Junge    former servant of Hitler on the Obersalzberg and husband of Traudl Junge-Humps Hitler’s youngest secretary.


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