Schmidt, Wilhelm, born on 21-04-1920 in Dotzheim, Wiesbaden, son of Adolf & Lina Schmidt, born Schaub. He had two sisters and three brothers living in the Biebricherstrasse, now Erich-Ollenhauerstrasse. Wilhelm and his family were not fanatic Nazis and Wilhelm not a smart guy according his sister in law. He was a soldier in the Wehrmacht and set up in Operation Greif. Operation Greif was a special false flag operation commanded by Waffen SS commando Otto Skorzeny
Skorzeny died age 67, on 05-07-1975, during the Battle of the Bulge. The Operation Greif or Griffin was the brainchild of Adolf Hitler
and its purpose was to capture one or more of the bridges over the Meuse river before they could be destroyed. German soldiers in captured US Army uniforms
and using some US vehicles were to cause confusion in the rear of the Allied lines. It’s interesting to know that the plans of Operation Greif were captured on 16-12-1944, the first day of the Ardennes Offensive by 1st
Lieutenant William V Shakespeare of the 1st
Company of the 424th
Infantry Regiment in the 106th
under Generalleutnant Siegfried von Rekowski
. Rekowski died 09-05-1990, age 93 in Alterschrofen bei Schwangau.
In Heckhulscheid he captured a Hauptmann of the 116th
Panzer Division “der Windhund”
he was carrying a bag with the plans and maps. The bag was sent to Section 2 of the division and the VIII Corps and the First Army were informed. Skorzeny’s plans were doomed to fail.
A lack of vehicles, uniforms and equipment limited the operation and it never achieved its original aim of securing the Meuse bridges. On 14 December the 150th
was assembled near Münstereifel and on the afternoon of 16 December it moved out, advancing behind the three attacking Panzer Divisions, the 1st
SS Panzer Division
, the 12th
SS Panzer Division
and the 12th
, with the aim of moving around them when they reached the Hohes Venn. However, when the 1st
SS Panzer Division failed to reach the start point within two days Skorzeny realized that Operation Greif’s initial aims were now doomed. So great was the confusion caused by Operation Greif that the US Army saw spies and saboteurs everywhere. Perhaps the largest panic was created when a commando team was captured near Awaille on 17-12-1944. Comprising Unteroffizier, Manfred Pernass
, he was the driver of the jeep, Oberfähnrich, Günther Billing
, and Gefreiter, Wilhelm Schmidt, they were captured when they failed to give the correct password.
See the original film of the execution of Billing, Pernass and Schmidt in the Henry Chapelle, US forces, headquarter.
Death and burial ground of Schmidt, Wilhelm.
They had Id cards with the following names ‘Charles W. Lawrence’, ‘Clarence van der Wert’ en ‘George Sensenbach’ but Pernass, Billing, and Schmidt were given a military trial at Henri Chapelle, sentenced to death, and executed by a firing squad on 23-12-1944. Captain J. Eiser (medic) of the 633th Medical Clearing Station pinned the white target patches on their chests, Schmidt’s glasses were taken off before he was shot and fanatic Billing shouted “Long live our Führer Adolf Hitler” at the moment supreme.
Thirteen other men were tried and shot at either Henri-Chapelle or Huy, Wilhelm Wiesenfeld, Manfred Bronny , Hans Reich , Arno Krause , Günther Schilz, , he is born in Holland, Erhard Migel , Horst Görlich , Robert Pollack , Rolf Benjamin Meyer , Hans Wittsack , Otto Struller , Alfred Franz and Antoni Morzuck. Billing, Pernass and Schmidt are buried next to each other on the largest German war cemetery in West Europe, 39.000 graves, of Lommel in Belgium, near the Dutch border. Also buried here are the Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 530, Heinrich Wittkopf, Generalmajor der Kavallerie, Kommandant von Altengrabow, Konrad von Czettritz und Neuhaus
, Generalarzt der Wehrmacht, Chief Medical Officer with the Military Commander Belgium and North France, Dr. Wilhelm Dietrich,
the SS Obergruppenführer, Kommandeur Fallschirm Jäger Regiment 9
, Friedrich Alpers
and the brother of the Flying Ace, Kommodore Jagd Geschwader 26 “Schlageter”
, Adolf Galland
Cemetery location of Schmidt, Wilhelm.