Walter Wessel

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Walter Wessel
Born 21 April 1892
Died 20 July 1943(1943-07-20) (aged 51)
Morano, Italy
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1912–43
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 12th Panzer Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Walter Wessel (21 April 1892 – 20 July 1943) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II who commanded the 12th Panzer Division. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.

Wessel was responsible for the Massacre in Ciepielów, at Ciepielów, Poland. He was killed in an auto accident on 20 July 1943 near Morano, Italy.

Awards and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 360.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 53.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Generaloberst Josef Harpe
Commander of 12. Panzer-Division
15 January 1942 – 1 March 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Erpo Freiherr von Bodenhausen