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Beyer, Dr.jur., Franz (WH-Inf.Rgt. 131)

    Date of birth:
    May 27th, 1892 (Bautzen/Saxony, Germany)
    Date of death:
    October 15th, 1968 (Bad Wiessee/Bavaria, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    January 21st, 1943: Generalleutnant;
    July 1st, 1944: General der Infanterie.

    Career:
    1911: Kaiserliche Marine;
    March 31st, 1919: Resigned;
    1919 - 1935: Polizei;
    1935: Wehrmacht;
    April 1st, 1939 - December 30th, 1941: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 131;
    January 1942 - February 1943: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 331;
    March 1st, 1943 - December 31st, 1943: Kommandeur infanterie-Regiment 44 "Hoch und Deutschmeister";
    June 2nd, 1944 - July 1st, 1944: Führer V. Armeekorps;
    July 26th, 1944 - August 6th, 1944: Führer XXXXIX. Armeekorps;
    August 7th, 1944 - May 8th, 1945: Kommandeur LXXX. Armeekorps;
    1945 - 1947: POW.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 131, 44. Infanterie-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    September 12th, 1941
    The following wartime excerpt describes why Beyer was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

    “Oberst Dr. Beyer rendered extraordinary achievements on the 22. and 23.06.1941 . After successfully forcing a crossing over the Bug river he and his Regiment became the first to penetrate into the enemy bunker position near Janow. By doing so they played a major role in facilitating the Division’s breakthrough of the Russian border fortifications.”
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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