Wilhelm Berlin

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Wilhelm Otto Julius Berlin
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1971-033-33, Lagebesprechung im Hauptquartier der Heeresgruppe Weichsel.jpg
Last front visit of Adolf Hitler on 3 March 1945. Standing behind Hitler from left to right: General der Artillerie Wilhelm Berlin, Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim, Generalmajor Franz Reuß, General der Flakartillerie Job Odebrecht and General der Infanterie Theodor Busse
Born (1889-04-28)28 April 1889
Cologne
Died 15 September 1987(1987-09-15) (aged 98)
Hamburg
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1909–45
Rank General der Artillerie
Commands held 58. Infanterie-Division
227. Infanterie-Division
XXVI. Armeekorps
CI. Armeekorps
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm Otto Julius Berlin (28 April 1889 – 15 September 1987) was a highly decorated General der Artillerie in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Wilhelm Berlin was captured by American troops in May 1945 and remained in captivity until 1947.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
12 February 1944 Im Nordabschnitt der Ostfront haben sich die rheinisch-westfälische 227. Infanterie-Division unter Führung des Generalleutnants Berlin und die Heeresartillerie unter Führung des Eichenlaubträgers Generalleutnant Tomaschki hervorragend bewährt.[2] In the northern sector of the eastern front, the Rhenish-Westphalian 227th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Berlin and the Army artillery under the command of Oak Leaves recipient Lieutenant General Tomaschki have proven themselves to be excellent.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 111.
  2. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 33.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl von Graffen
Commander of 58. Infanterie-Division
1 May 1943 – 7 June 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Curt Siewert
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Friedrich von Scotti
Commander of 227. Infanterie-Division
7 June 1943 – 11 May 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor der Reserve Maximilian Wengler
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Anton Grasser
Commander of XXVI. Armeekorps
11 May 1944 – 15 June 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Anton Grasser
Preceded by
None
Commander of CI. Armeekorps
9 February 1945 – 18 April 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich Sixt