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Wilhelm-Francis Ochsner
Nickname "Willifrank"
Born (1899-03-31)March 31, 1899
Died 5 December 1990(1990-12-05) (aged 91)
Place of birth Munich
Place of death Marquartstein
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1915–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 31. Infanterie-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Wilhelm-Francis "Willifrank" Ochsner (31 March 1899 – 5 December 1990) 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. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Wilhelm-Francis Ochsner was captured by Soviet troops on 6 June 1944 during Operation Bagration. In 1947 he was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for war crimes committed against the Soviet Union. He was released in 1955.

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  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 268.
  • 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 Kurt Moehring
Commander of 31. Infanterie-Division
25 September 1943 – June 1944
Succeeded by
Oberst Ernst König

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