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Becker, Carl Hans Wilhelm Ludwig

Date of birth:
January 16th, 1895 (Varel/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
March 24th, 1966 (Heidelberg/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

His last achieved rank was Generalleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 12th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on July 23rd 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on June 17th 1917.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 18
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1941
393rd Award.
Was written in the Ehrenblatt and received the Spange, when it was introduced.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 18
Awarded on:
October 4th, 1941
393rd Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 18, 6. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1941
Award 1/30
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 18, 6. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 29th, 1942
Becker’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“The enemy achieved a penetration to the northeast of Rzhev’s city edge at around 18:00 on the 17.08.1942. The enemy strength in this sector was 4 divisions. The only friendly forces available to seal off this breach were the lead elements of the newly-arrived I./Infanterie-Regiment 430. Strong enemy fire of all kinds brought heavy losses to this unit and broke its cohesion. Contact to the left and right no longer existed. Oberst Becker was informed via radio of this extremely critical situation, and he immediately drove to the break-in point. While on his way there he encountered enemy forces that had broken through to the city’s edge in the meantime. This was a critical situation for the defense of Rzhev, however Oberst Becker succeeded in mastering the situation in our favour.

In the midst of the raging battle, and on his own initiative, he instructed a newly arriving Kompanie of the I./Infanterie-Regiment 430 as to the terrain and the enemy situation. He then sent it in for a counterthrust as friendly artillery served to seal off the penetration with fierce artillery strikes in and before the penetration. Furthermore he also personally gathered up those friendly elements that had been scattered around the battlefield. Through a combination of will to resist and toughness he managed to deploy these in such a way that all further enemy breakthrough attempts on this evening were repulsed. The frontline itself was likewise retaken and held. He thus achieved an outstanding success here through his decisiveness and the brave behaviour that provided an inspirational example for his men. The result was that the enemy was denied their breakthrough. Also prevented was the rolling up of the friendly frontline, the capture of the Volga bridges and the northern part of the city as well as the cutting off of the 6. Infanterie-Division from its rearward connections. Oberst Becker was the soul of the resistance in the fighting for this hotly contested city, and the unable has so far been unable to break his spirit. I thus hold Oberst Becker as being particularly worthy of receiving the high award of the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 253. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1945
On the 10.03.1945 the Soviets commenced a major assault in the area along both sides of Schwarzwasser (southeast of Skotschau). Their attacking forces consisted of about 13 rifle divisions, 3 rifle brigades, 1 mechanized corps and 2-3 tank brigades from the 4th Ukrainian Front.

Among the defending forces was the 253. Infanterie-Division under the command of Generalleutnant Becker. The Germans knew the attack was coming, and so immediately before the assault they succeeded in pulling back to a pre-prepared line about 3-4 km behind the original frontline. The Russian artillery barrage thus struck an empty trench line, and Becker’s Division was subsequently able to hold off the assault. Becker was later awarded the Oakleaves for his actions during this defensive battle west of Schwarzwasser.
829th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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