- Date of birth:
- December 5th, 1901 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
- Date of death:
- August 14th, 1994 (Cologne-Lindenthal/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
- German (1933-1945, German Reich)
Franz Weller finally reached the rank of Oberst. After the Second World War he served with the Bundeswehr from 1956 until 1962 and there also reached the rank of Oberst.
December 1st, 1943: Oberst (RDA: -24b-).
September 1st, 1939: Kompaniechef, Infanterie-Regiment 54;
May 22nd, 1940: Bataillonsführer, Reserve Stab, Infanterie-Regiment 54;
July 1st, 1940: Lehrgruppen Leiter, OA Lehrgang Neuhammer;
September 1st, 1940: Hauptmann bei Stab, Infanterie-Regiment 213;
October 1st, 1940:Kommandeur, Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon 354;
October 26th, 1940: Hauptmann bei Stab, Infanterie-Regiment 54;
December 14th, 1940: Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 54;
July 15th, 1941: Führer, Infanterie-Regiment 54;
August 15th, 1941: Vorausabteilung 100;
February 12th, 1942: Führerreserve OKH;
May 18th, 1942: Lehrgruppe Kommandeurschule V OA der Infanterie;
April 9th, 1943: Führerreserve OKH;
April 20th, 1943: Kommandeur, Jäger-Regiment 54;
November 10th, 1944: Führerreserve OKH.
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Awarded for the successful leadership of his regiment during the summer of 1944 in the following actions...
1) Forcing a crossing over the Dniester at Ruda and forming a bridgehead. The fact that Weller was able to command his soldiers at this time despite a broken rib was a major inspiration for his men.
2) His regiment's defensive victory on 16.08.1944. While they were positioned north of the main ridge of the Carpathians, the Soviets penetrated the defense of the III./Jäger-Regiment 54 and captured Hill 1233. The first German counterattack to retake the position ended in failure. Oberst Weller then personally led his troops in for another counterattack, in the process of which he was severely wounded by grenade fragments. Nevertheless the assault went on and the Germans succeeded in retaking the hill.