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Maximilian von Weichs

SurnameWeichs
Given NameMaximilian
Born12 Nov 1881
Died27 Sep 1954
CountryGermany
CategoryMilitary-Ground
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseMaximilian Maria Joseph Karl Gabriel Lamoral Reichsfreiherr von Weichs zu Glon was born into a noble family in Dessau, Germany in 1881. He attended Wilhelmsgymnasium in München (Munich), Germany and then in 1900 joined the Bavarian Cavalry. During WW1, he served with the General Staff of the 3rd Bavarian Army Corps. During the inter-war years, he served with the German Reichswehr. In Oct 1935, he was transferred from 3rd Cavalry Division to the newly formed 1st Panzer Division as its commanding officer. In Oct 1937, he was made the commanding officer of 13th Corps, which he led into Sudetenland when Germany forcibly annexed the Czechoslovakian territory. In the opening chapter of the European War, he commanded a corps in the invasion of Poland. He was promoted to lead at the army level in Oct 1939, and in the following year he took German 2nd Army into France, for which he would be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. After participating in the invasion of the Balkan Peninsula, he led 2nd Army and later Army Group B in the Soviet Union. In the Stalingrad region in southern Russia, he warned about his lines being stretched too thinly, but Adolf Hitler ignored his warnings; when defeat loomed and Weichs recommended falling back, he was punished by a gradual reduction in the strength of his Army Group B (which were transferred to the new Army Group Don) until it was completely dissolved in Feb 1943. As a consolation, he was promoted to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall, but he would remain on the reserve list for six months. In Aug 1943, he was activated to lead German Armeegruppe F in Belgrade, Yugoslavia to organize defenses against a possible Allied invasion of the Balkans. In that role, he oversaw the German retreat from the region late in the war. Again on the reserve list, he retired from service on 25 Mar 1945. He was arrested by the Americans in May 1945 for war crimes committed against Yugoslavian partisan fighters. He was released for medical reasons without being tried. He passed away in Burg Rösberg near Bonn, West Germany in 1954.

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Maximilian von Weichs Timeline

12 Nov 1881 Maximilian von Weichs was born in Dessau, Germany.
9 Mar 1902 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Leutnant.
3 Mar 1911 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Oberleutnant.
1 Feb 1921 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Major.
1 Feb 1928 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant.
1 Nov 1930 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Oberst.
1 Apr 1933 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Generalmajor.
1 Apr 1935 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Generalleutnant.
15 Oct 1935 The first three Panzer Divisions were established in the German Army. The 1st Panzer Division was placed under General Freiherr Maximilian von Weichs at Weimar, 2nd Panzer Division under Colonel Heinz Guderian at Würzburg and 3rd Panzer Division under General Fessmann at Berlin, Germany.
1 Oct 1936 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of General der Kavallerie.
1 Oct 1937 Maximilian von Weichs was made the commanding officer of German 13th Corps.
20 Oct 1939 Maximilian von Weichs was made the commanding officer of German 2nd Army.
29 Jun 1940 Maximilian von Weichs was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal.
1 Jul 1940 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Generaloberst.
23 Jul 1942 General Maximilian von Weichs was appointed to command Armeegruppe B, relieving General Fedor von Bock.
1 Feb 1943 Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall.
12 Feb 1943 Maximilian von Weichs stepped down as the commanding officer of German Armeegruppe B.
26 Aug 1943 Maximilian von Weichs was made the commanding officer of German Armeegruppe F with headquarters in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
19 Jan 1945 Maximilian von Weichs was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report.
5 Feb 1945 Maximilian von Weichs was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.
25 Mar 1945 Maximilian von Weichs stepped down as the commanding officer of German Armeegruppe F.
27 Sep 1954 Maximilian von Weichs passed away in Burg Rösberg, West Germany.

Photographs

Erhard Milch, Wilhelm Keitel, Walther von Brauchitsch, Erich Raeder, and Maximilian von Weichs during a Nazi rally in Nuremberg, Germany, 12 Sep 1938Maximilian von Weichs inspecting troops during a parade, Lodz, Poland, 9 Sep 1939German Generals Blaskowitz and Weichs in Warsaw, Poland, Sep-Oct 1939, photo 1 of 5German Generals Blaskowitz and Weichs in Warsaw, Poland, Sep-Oct 1939, photo 2 of 5
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Maximilian von Weichs Photo Gallery
Erhard Milch, Wilhelm Keitel, Walther von Brauchitsch, Erich Raeder, and Maximilian von Weichs during a Nazi rally in Nuremberg, Germany, 12 Sep 1938
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