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Wilhelm Lorenz
Born 25 April 1894
Died 2 January 1943(1943-01-02) (age 77)
Place of birth Hamburg
Place of death Demyansk
Allegiance Flag of the German Empire.svg German Empire (to 1918)
Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Weimar Republic (to 1930)
Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1912–1930
Rank Generalmajor (Posthumously)
Commands held 12. Infanterie-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Military Advisor to China

Wilhelm Lorenz (25 April 1894 – 2 January 1943) was a highly decorated Generalmajor 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. Lorenz was wounded on 27 December 1942, and died from his wounds on 2 January 1943 in Demyansk, Russia. He was posthumously promoted to Generalmajor.

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 242.
  • 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.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Oberst Gerhard Müller
Commander of 12. Infanterie-Division
11 July 1942 – 20 July 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Kurt-Jürgen Freiherr von Lützow

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