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Carl Han Wilhelm Ludwig Becker
Nickname "Corle"
Born (1895-01-16)16 January 1895
Died 24 March 1966(1966-03-24) (aged 71)
Place of birth Varel
Place of death Heidelberg
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1920)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–1920
1934–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held Infanterie-Regiment 18
2. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
253. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

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

Carl Hans Wilhelm Ludwig Becker (16 January 1895 – 24 March 1966) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, who commanded several divisions. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Carl Becker was captured by Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia in 1945 and as held until 1955.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Wehrmachtbericht references[edit | edit source]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
24 October 1943 An den Abwehrerfolgen im mittleren Frontabschnitt haben das XXXIX. Panzerkorps unter Führung des Generals der Artillerie Martinek und die rheinisch-westfälische 253. Infanteriedivision des Generalleutnant Becker besonderen Anteil.[4] In the defensive successes in the middle section of the front had the XXXIX. Panzer Corps under the command of General of Artillery Martinek and the Rhenish-Westphalian 253rd Infantry Division of Major General Becker particular share.

References[edit | edit source]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Thomas 1997, p. 30.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 107.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 84.
  4. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 72.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2299-6.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Hellmuth Petzold
Commander of 2. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
1 January 1943 - 17 January 1943
Succeeded by
Oberst Hellmuth Petzold
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Otto Schellert
Commander of 253. Infanterie-Division
18 January 1943 - 17 June 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hans Junck
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hans Junck
Commander of 253. Infanterie-Division
28 June 1944 - 5 May 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Joachim Schwatlogesterding

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