Helmut Beck-Broichsitter

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Helmut Beck-Broichsitter
Born (1914-08-30)30 August 1914
Kiel
Died 25 September 2000(2000-09-25) (aged 86)
Heist
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1935–1945
Rank Major i.G
Unit Infantry Regiment Großdeutschland
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Police officer

Helmut Beck-Broichsitter (30 August 1914 – 25 September 2000) was a Major i.G in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career[edit]

Beck-Broichsitter became a member of the Nazi Party in 1931, of the Sturmabteilung in 1932 and of the police in 1939. In the years till 1944 he served in Feldgendarmerie units and combated partisans behind the lines.[1]

After the war Beck-Broichsitter founded the "Bruderschaft" (Fraternity) in 1949 of former officers of the Wehrmacht.[2] The ideological basis of the brotherhood laid in the National Socialist and conservative revolutionary ideology of the Weimar time. Beck-Broichsitter focus was in a front against Bolshevism.[3] Accused of spying for the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution he resigned from leadership.[4] He later joined the openly Nazi orientated Socialist Reich Party.[5]

Awards and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Breitman and Goda 2010, p. 54.
  2. ^ Brunner 2004, p. 155.
  3. ^ Searle 2003, p. 157.
  4. ^ Breitman and Goda 2010, p. 59.
  5. ^ Brunner 2004, p. 155.
  6. ^ Huß and Viohl 2003, p. 23.
  7. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 107.
Bibliography
  • Breitman, Richard and Goda, Norman J. W. (2010). Hitler's shadow: Nazi war criminals, U.S. intelligence, and the Cold War. DIANE Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4379-4429-7.
  • Brunner, Bernhard (2004). Der Frankreich-Komplex: die nationalsozialistischen Verbrechen in Frankreich und die Justiz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. (in German). Wallstein. ISBN 3-89244-693-8.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Huß, Jürgen; Viohl, Armin (2003). Die Ritterkreuzträger des Eisernen Kreuzes der preußischen Provinz Schleswig-Holstein und der Freien und Hansestadt Lübeck 1939–1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers the Prussian Province of Schleswig-Holstein and the Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck 1939–1945] (in German). Zweibrücken, Germany: VDM Heinz Nickel. ISBN 978-3-925480-79-9. 
  • 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. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Searle, Alaric (2003). Wehrmacht generals, West German society, and the debate on rearmament, 1949-1959. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-97968-7.

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