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Adam, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
March 28th, 1893 (Eichen/Kreis Hanau/Prussia)
Date of death:
November 24th, 1978 (Dresden/Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 6th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1917
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 26th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Adjutant Armee Oberkommando 6
Awarded on:
December 17th, 1942
Adam’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“Starting on the 21.11.1942, Oberst Adam held the decisive triangle Don—Railroad—Chir (northeast of Nish. Tschirakaja) against continual enemy assaults with a group of hastily assembled units under the command of the Romanian 3rd Army that were lacking in both numbers and equipment. Despite having only the barest means of command and control available, Oberst Adam never shied away from the critical sectors of the combat and led his units from the front without regard for his own person. By doing so he swiftly transformed his ad-hoc assemblage into a cohesive fighting force through the sheer strength of his personality.

He particularly proved himself on the 26.11.1942 as the bridgehead in his sector threatened to contract under the pressure from hours of enemy tank-supported assaults and significant friendly casualties. Oberst Adam placed himself at the head of a few men, inspired them forwards in a counterattack and took back the old frontline while also capturing abundant spoils of war. By doing so he restored the feeling of combat superiority in his troops for the remainder of the heavy defensive combat.

This decisive triangle, along with its important Don bridges, was ultimately held in spite of the difficulties that arose through both combat and bad weather. Such an achievement is attributable to the inspiring personality of Oberst Adam and his unshakeable devotion to duty. He is particularly worthy of receiving the high honour of the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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