Wilhelm Beck

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Wilhelm Beck
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Born (1919-12-22)22 December 1919
Bitz, Germany
Died 10 June 1944(1944-06-10) (aged 24)
Caen, France
Buried at La Cambe German war cemetery
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1936–44
Rank Hauptsturmführer
Unit

1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler

12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm Beck (22 December 1919 – 10 June 1944) was a Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH). He enlisted in the SS and rose to the rank of Hauptsturmführer being awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Beck served with Michael Wittmann in an assault gun battery of the LSSAH. In 1942 the LSSAH Sturmgeschütz (StuG) unit was brought up to battalion strength and Beck was given command of one of the Batteries, the Battalion commander being Max Wünsche.[1] Beck was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his actions in the Third Battle of Kharkov. In 1943 Beck assigned to the SS Division Hitlerjugend as a company commander.[2] He was killed in an air attack by Allied forces near Caen on the 10 June 1944.[3] Beck is buried at the German Cemetery at La Cambe near Caen, France.

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  1. ^ Michael Wittman Volume Two By Patrick Agte p.82
  2. ^ SS Officer Personnel File, NARA
  3. ^ Grenadiers By Kurt Meyer p.234
  4. ^ a b Federl 2000, p. 25.
  5. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 208.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Federl, Christian (2000). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Panzerdivisionen 1939–1945 Die Panzertruppe [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Panzer Divisions 1939–1945 The Panzer Force] (in German). Zweibrücken, Germany: VDM Heinz Nickel. ISBN 978-3-925480-43-0. 
  • Meyer, Kurt (2005) [1957]. Grenadiers. Stackpole Military History Series. Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3197-3. 
  • 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.