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Bassewitz-Levetzow, Werner, Graf von

Date of birth:
June 7th, 1894 (Bristow/Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany)
Date of death:
August 20th, 1964 (Gestorf-Hannover/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1914: Leutnant;
1918: Oberleutnant;
September 20th, 1935: Hauptmann der Reserve;
November 8th, 1940: Major der Reserve;
September 11th, 1942: Oberstleutnant der Reserve;
June 9th, 1943: Oberst der Reserve;
April 10th, 1944: Kapitän zur See

Career:
August 2nd, 1914: Eintritt Heer;
?: 1. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment "Königin Viktoria von Großbritannien und Irland";
1930 - 1934: Grenzschutz;
April 1st, 1937: Infanterie-Regiment 96;
November 1st, 1937: Führer 11. / Infanterie-Regiment 94;
August 28th, 1939: Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment 94;
December 1st, 1942 - December 6th, 1942: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 96;
December 6th, 1942 - February 8th, 1943: Urlaub;
February 15th, 1943: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 96;
April 10th, 1944: Führer-Reserve des OKH;
August 7th, 1944: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 96;
September 28th, 1944 - January 9th, 1945: mit der Führung beauftragd 32. Infanterie-Division (this function is uncertain);
January 9th, 1945: Führer-Reserve / 17. / Divisionsführer-Lehrgang;
April 10th, 1945 - May 8th, 1945: mit der Führung beauftragd 2. Marine-infanterie-Division.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 94, 32. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst der Reserve (Colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 96, 32. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1944
On the night of the 12./13.08.1944 the 32. Infanterie-Division was forced to evacuate Modohn. On the 19.08.1944 the Division repulsed Soviet attacks near Saliniecki, south of Trusli and in the Berzini area. On the 21.08.1944 a total of 6 rifle divisions attacked the Division, and this number would rise to 8 on the following day. Another 4 joined their ranks on the 28.08.1944. However despite this massive expenditure of force they were unable to break through the Division’s defenses. This was in no small part due to Bassewitz’s steadfast leadership during this time, and for this he would later be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 5th, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1941
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz

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