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Wilhelm Ahrens
Nickname "Willi"
Born (1912-10-01)October 1, 1912
Died 26 August 1998(1998-08-26) (aged 85)
Place of birth Goslar
Place of death Gummersbach
Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1931–1945
1956–1970
Rank Hauptmann (Wehrmacht)
Oberstleutnant (Bundeswehr)
Commands held III.(Jäger)/Grenadier-Regiment 17
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm "Willi" Ahrens (1 October 1912 – 26 August 1998) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht during World War II and an Oberstleutnant in the Bundeswehr. 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. After the war Wilhelm Ahrens joined the Bundeswehr and retired in 1970.

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas and Wegmann 1987, p. 27.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 12.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 98.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • 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 and Wegmann, Günter (1987). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil III: Infanterie Band 1: A–Be (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-1153-6.

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