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Apell, von, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
January 16th, 1892 (Bückeburg/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
March 7th, 1969 (Varnhalt/Baden- Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

31 Mar 1910 : Charakter als Fähnrich
16 Nov 1910 : Fähnrich
18 Aug 1911 : Leutnant
05 Oct 1916 : Oberleutnant
01 Nov 1923 : Hauptmann/Rittmeister
01 Sep 1933 : Major
01 Apr 1936 : Oberstleutnant
01 Oct 1938 : Oberst
01 Apr 1941 : Generalmajor
01 Apr 1943 : Generalleutnant

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander of the 11th Cavalry-Rifle-Regiment
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander of the 11th Cavalry-Rifle-Regiment
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur 9. Schützen-Brigade / 9. Panzer-Division / XXXX. Armeekorps
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1941
Awarded for particularly distinguishing himself during the penetration of both the Serbian positions near Stracin and the English pass position at Klidi. In this time he managed to turn the flank of the defending Allied forces and thereby compel them to conduct a swift retreat.
281st Award.
Submitted on 17th April 1941.
Preliminary Award document and decoration on 19th May 1941 to Armee Oberkommando 12.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Commander of the 2nd Motorcycle-Rifle-Regiment
Awarded on:
1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1939
Spange zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Adjutant of the 7th Jäger-Battalion
Awarded on:
October 3rd, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Platoon-Leader in the MG-Company of the 7th Jäger-Battalion
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Adjutant of the 7th Jäger-Battalion
Awarded on:
November 2nd, 1915
Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (1918)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Company-Leader in the 7th Reserve-Jäger-Battalion
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1919
Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber (1918)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Commander of the II. Half-Regiment of the Mounted-Regiment Erfurt
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1934
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Commander of the 2nd Motorcycle-Rifle-Regiment
Awarded on:
1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Commander of the 9th Rifle-Brigade
Awarded on:
April 10th, 1941
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Commander of the 22nd Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
1942
Krimschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Unit:
Company-Chief in the 1st Infantry-Regiment
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1926
Ehrenritterkreuz zum Johanniterorden
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Adjutant of the 7th Jäger-Battalion
Awarded on:
November 17th, 1914
Kreuz für Treue Dienste (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Adjutant of the 7th Jäger-Battalion
Awarded on:
December 25th, 1915
with swords
IV. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Hamburgisches Hanseatenkreuz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
with swords
Kriegserinnerungsmedaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres

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