Bleckwenn, Wilhelm Hermann

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Bleckwenn, Wilhelm Hermann
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Bleckwenn, Wilhelm Hermann, born on 21-10-1906, in Berge, Bersenbrück, was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht  during World War II, who commanded several divisions. Bleckwenn grew up in the countryside of Osnabrück, joined on 16-04-1925 as a police officer in the police school Hildesheim, was appointed on 01-10-1925 Unterwachtmeister and transferred on 01-04-1926 to the Schutzpolizei, Protect Police, in Wesermünde. There he became on 01-01-1927 police sergeant and on 01-06-1930 Polizei-Oberwachtmeister. After attending the 14th officer candidate training course at the national police school for weapon service and body training in Spandau and the higher national police school in Potsdam-Eicke, he insisted on the officer examination in September 1930, was appointed on 11-08-1932 to the police officer candidate and from 20 September to 30 November 1932 he took part in a shooting instructor course and an armored vehicle training at the School of Technology and Transport in Berlin-Tempelhof. On 01-04-1933 he was promoted to police Leutnant and on 01-07-1934 the police Oberleutnant. On 01-10-1934, he joined as a MG officer in the staff of the National Police Group Hanover, where he served as a platoon commander in the 2nd Landes-Polizei-Hundertschaft in Hanover. He was activated in the Police Service on 16-04-1925, as a Police Candidate at the Hildesheim Police School. He was excepted in the Army Service on 01-08-1935, at the Infantry School in Döbritz. At the beginning of World War II, he was commander of the 127th Border Infantry Regiment. All the war fighting on the Eastern Front, he was in different Infantry Regiments. He led his regiment on a 44 day fighting retreat from the Dnieper to East Prussia. Generalmajor Bleckwenn was awarded the Oak Leaves  for this leadership. On 14-08-1944 he became the temporary Battle Commander of Trier.
At the request of SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler   as Commander in Chief of the Army Group Vistula, and the Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz   as Commander in Chief of the Navy, he was appointed on 01-03-1945. commander of the 1st Marine Division and took over on 28 -02-1945 by the previous commander, Rear Admiral Hans Hartmann , the official business. Hartmann survived the war and died, age 80, on 09-03-1976 in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid.
Bleckwenn enforced that the conversion of the troops to a combat division was initiated according to the scheme of a Volksgrenadier Division of the army and the positions of regimental and battalion commanders were immediately filled with army officers. With effect from 01-03-1945 changed Bleckwenn from the command area of the army in the command area of the High Command of the Navy (OKM).
Wilhelm Bleckwenn was captured by British troops in 1945  and was held until  July 1947 and handed over to the French where he was falsely accused of war crimes but was excused soon.

Death and burial ground of Bleckwenn, Wilhelm Hermann.

  
He was released on 25-10-1947 and Bleckwenn, a real Prussian soldier, retired in Saarbrücken, where he at the old age of 82 died, on 10-05-89, exactly 49 years after the invasion of our Netherlands, (see About) 10-05-1940. For almost two decades, he had an exchange of letters with the last commander-in-chief of Army Group Vistula, Generaloberst a.D. Gotthard Heinrici
The resistance man Willi Graf   of the White Roses Group with Hans and Sophie Scholl, is also buried in Saarbrücken.
    Wilhelm Bleckwenn is buried with his wife Marianne, born Geraldy, who died age 83 in 1989, on the Hauptfriedhof of Saarbrücken.
 

 

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