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Bach, Wilhelm Georg

Date of birth:
November 5th, 1892 (Oberöwisheim/Bruchsal, Germany)
Date of death:
December 22nd, 1942 (Toronto, Canada)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Died in Military Hospital in Toronto, Canada as Major der Reserve. Posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant der Reserve.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Schützen-Regiment 104 / 21.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes why Bach was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Hauptmann der Reserve Bach did not only hold his strongpoint (which constituted a key position) with iron resolve for three days against strong English attacks, but also successfully carried out counterthrusts that were launched under his brave personal leadership. His decision to modify the divisional order to hold the Halfaya Pass under all circumstances, as well as his skillful combat leadership of German and Italian troops alike, were both crucial factors for the outcome of the major tank battle.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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