Wehrmachtbericht

After the occupation of Denmark, 10th April 1940, and faced with the ongoing fights in Norway (Operation Weserübung) as well as the preparations for the big attack against France and BeNeLux the Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres Walter von Brauchitsch saw a need for a new honour for his soldiers.

He established a new prominent not wearable award "namentliche Nennung im Wehrmachtbericht" (in today´s German: Namensnennung im Wehrmachtsbericht), or in English "naming in the armed forces report", on 27th April 1940 (published in: HVBl. from 06.05.1940, part C, 27 edit., p. 189, no. 520).

Von Brauchitsch stated the following in his establishing decree: "In future the names of soldiers who excelled them at combat actions in an outstanding way will be named. This is a very special honour. Thus only deeds will be recognized wich call such a special attention from others that they justify a public mentioning in front of the German people.
The task of the generals in command is to judge if the deed does correspond to these high claims. In calm times an other criterion should be used then in times of important combat actions."

The awarding was registered in the Wehrpaß/Soldbuch and personal file.
This honour braught the mentioned soldier a special popularity, because he was mentioned by name and picture in newsletters and radio shows. But in reality it was less worth than the Knight´s Cross of the Iron Cross or the Honour Roll Clasp of the Army.
According to the explanatory notes of the OKH for the commanders the mentioning of the name in the armed forces report (Wehrmachtbericht) did not automatically lead to the naming in the Ehrenblatt des Deutschen Heeres (Honour Roll of the German Army). If the commanding general regarded the deed as so exceptional that the soldier should be named in the Honour Roll of the German Army, this had to be requested separately.

Of the round about 1,631 German soldiers from senior private to field-marshall named in the Wehrmachtbericht some 832 were members of the army and 47 members of the Waffen SS, or together 54 % of the awarded.

Allmendinger, Karl* March 3rd, 1891
† October 2nd, 1965

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Manteuffel, von, Hasso Eccard14-01-189724-09-1978more 
Marcks, Erich06-06-189112-06-1944more 
Marseille, Hans-Joachim "Jochen"13-12-191930-09-1942more 
Martinek, Robert02-02-188928-06-1944more 
Mattenklott, Franz19-11-188428-06-1954more 
Matzky, Gerhard19-03-189409-06-1983more 
Mauss, Dr. med. dent., Karl17-05-189809-02-1959more 
Mayer, Hans-Karl09-03-191117-10-1940 
Mayer, Johannes06-09-189307-08-1963more 
Meden, von der, Karl-Friedrich03-12-189626-12-1961more 
Meendsen-Bohlken, Wilhelm25-06-189720-08-1985more 
Meentzen, Wilhelm19-03-191508-05-2001more 
Meindl, Eugen Albert Max16-07-189224-01-1951more 
Meitzel, Helmut24-04-192009-07-2004more 
Mellenthin, von, Horst31-07-189808-01-1977more 
Mengersen, Ernst30-06-191206-11-1995more 
Merten, Karl-Friedrich15-08-190502-05-1993more 
Metzler, Jost26-02-190929-09-1975more 
Meyer, Kurt (Waffen-SS)23-12-191023-12-1961more 
Mieth, Friedrich04-06-188802-09-1944more 
Mirbach, Freiherr von, Erich Werner Siegfried Götz12-09-191506-08-1968more 
Mitzlaff, von, Berndt05-08-191420-03-2003more 
Model, Otto Moritz Walter24-01-189121-04-1945more 
Moehle, Karl-Heinz31-07-191027-11-1996more 
Mohr, Johann12-06-191602-04-1943more 
Moritz, Wilhelm (Lw-Jagdgeschwader)29-06-191300-00-2010more 
Mummert, Werner31-03-189728-01-1950more 
Mühlenkamp, Johannes-Rudolf09-10-191023-09-1986more 
Müller, Albert (KM-Schnellboot)03-04-191303-04-2005more 
Müller, Friedrich-Karl "Tutti"25-12-191629-05-1944more 
Müller, Friedrich-Wilhelm (WH-General)29-08-189720-05-1947more 
Müller, Fritz (WH-Jäger/Grenadier)03-10-190726-01-1994more 
Müller, Karl (Schnellboot S-52)02-09-191619-05-1989more 
Müller, Rudolf (Jagdgeschwader 5)21-11-192021-10-1943more 
Müncheberg, Joachim31-12-191823-03-1943more 
Mützelburg, Rolf23-06-191311-09-1942more 
Mölders, Werner18-03-191322-11-1941more 

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