Wilhelm Adam (general)
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|Born||15 September 1877
|Died||8 April 1949 (aged 71)
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany (to 1943)
|Years of service||1897–1943|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
During World War I, Adam fought as a company leader of a Bavarian pioneer unit, but only for a short period. Towards the end of 1914, Adam became a General Staff Officer on the Staff of the Army High command. But right at the end of the war he was back to being a Bavarian engineer unit leader. With the end of the war, Adam served in various posts within the Reichswehr, from posts such as a liaison officer to the Bavarian Military Ministry and being an infantry battalion commander, in the 20th Infantry Regiment.
By Hitler's rise to power in 1933, Adam was Chief of the Troop Office and soon was commanding a division and was also at the same time commanding Military District VII. Adam retired on 31 December 1938, but he was recalled for service from 26 August 1939. After several years of being at the disposal of the army he retired in 1943 and died in 1949 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross of 1914
- Prince Regent Luitpold Medal
- Military Merit Order, 3rd class with swords (Bavaria)
- Knight's Cross 2nd Class of the Albert Order with swords
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- Stahl, Friedrich-Christian: Generaloberst Wilhelm Adam. In: Gerd R. Ueberschär (Hrsg.): Hitlers militärische Elite. 68 Lebensläufe. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 2011, ISBN 978-3-534-23980-1, p. 1–8.
- Heuer, Gerd F.: Die Generalobersten des Heeres. Inhaber höchster deutscher Kommandostellen. Moewig, Rastatt 1988, ISBN 3-8118-1049-9, p. 1–8.
- Siegler, Fritz von (1953), "Adam, Wilhelm", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 1, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 53–54; (full text online)