Bickel, Karl, born on 17-01-1891 in Ingelstadt, entered the Army at the age of 20, a Fahnenjunker in the 8th Bavarian Infantry Regiment , and promoted to Fähnrich on 22-04-1912. He was commanded to the War School in Münich from October 1912 until September 1913 and promoted to Leutnant. He temporary was transferred to MG Company in Metz in July 1914. With the start of the first war he was a company leader in the 8th Regiment, and became a Company leader in July 1916. Promoted to Oberleutnant on 17-01-1917 and he on 09-04-1917 landed in British captivity, until the end of the war. Released in 1919 he was lucky to stay in the new Reichswehr with Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 45. He on 01-01-1921 was assigned as Platoon leader of the 20th Infantry Regiment and from October 1922 as Company Chief. Promoted on 01-01-1923 as a Hauptmann and transferred to the Staff of the II Battalion and a Major from 01-04-1933. Appointed to Commander of the III Battalion of the Infantry Regiment in Nuremberg renamed on 15-10-1935 in the 63rd Infantry Regiment. Promoted to Oberstleutnant on 01-12-1935, to Oberst on 01-04-1938 and lost the command of his battalion on 15-07-1938, and became a trainer on the War School in Aachen and from 01-09-1939 in Hirschberg. Bickel started World War II, now age 48, as commander of the 318th Infantry Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division and crossed the Polish border near Gross Warthenburg. From October 1939 to 19-04-1940 his Regiment was a Security Force in the region of Siedlice in the East of Poland. On 22-05-1940 he lost the command of his regiment and assigned as commander of the 237th Field Recruit Regiment. He landed in the Führer Reserve of the Wehrkreis Commando VIII and from 10-08-1940 assigned as Field Commander of the 815th in the region of Rambouillet in France. In the spring of 1941 they were transferred to Poland for the preparation of Operation Barbarossa and stationed in Polozk in Belarus. Bickel was promoted to Generalmajor on 10-12-1943 and on 10-02-1944 released from his command on own request and in the Führer Reserve . According to archival figures, the Red Army suffered a total of 1.129.619 total casualties; 478.741 personnel killed or missing and 650.878 wounded. These numbers are for the whole Don region; in the city itself 750.000 were killed, captured, or wounded. Anywhere from 25.000 to 40.000 Soviet civilians died in Stalingrad and its suburbs during a single week of aerial bombing by Luftflotte 4, under command of General of the Luftwaffe Alexander Löhr, as the German 4th Panzer and 6th Armies approached the city; the total number of civilians killed in the regions outside the city is unknown. In all, the battle resulted in an estimated total of 1.7-2 million Axis and Soviet casualties. It was the Luftflotte 4, which was responsible for the bombing campaign of Stalingrad, where ca. 40.000 civilians died. From 12-05-1944 he was appointed as Field Command 626, a communication Staff with the commander of France, General Hans Speidel who later became the adjutant of General Field Marschal, Erwin Rommel. He was involved in the Ardennes Offensive, “Battle of the Bulge” in December 1944, Hitler’s last revival. Bickel was called in the Wehrmacht reports as not capable for the field command in the region of Haute Garonne and General der Infantry, Carl von Stülpnagel sent him to the Hitler Reserve from 20-09-1944 (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) (see William Hitler.
He was captured on 08-05-1945, and released from the Islands Farm Camp in 1947.
Death and burial ground of Bickel, Karl.
Until his death on 11-12-1969, at the age of 77, Karl Bickel lived in Lenggries. Karl Bickel is buried with his wife Therese, who died at very old age 95 in 1990, on the Christian Cemetery, in Lenggries.
Cemetery and grave location of Bickel, Karl.