|Born||8 January 1899|
|Died||27 June 1944Script error: No such module "age".)(aged|
|Place of birth||Westerode|
|Place of death||Bobruysk, Belarus|
German Empire (to 1918)|
Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany (to 1944)
|Years of service||
|Commands held||Grenadier-Regiment 427|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
|Other work||Bank clerk|
Willy Wesche (8 January 1899 – 27 June 1944) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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. Willy Wesche was killed on 27 June 1944 in Bobruysk, Belarus during the Bobruysk Offensive. he was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 6 August 1944.
Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]
- Cross of Honor
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (15 August 1941)
- 1st Class (4 October 1941)
- Eastern Front Medal
- Infantry Assault Badge
- Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze
- in Silver
- German Cross in Gold (20 July 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
References[edit | edit source]
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 360.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 73.
- 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.