SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
Admiral Karl Doenitz & Generalmajor Wilhelm Bleckwenn walking behind
to his left
NAME: Generalmajor Wilhelm Bleckwenn
PW NO: 560258
DATE: 2nd May 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 21
PLACE OF BIRTH: Berge/Kreis
DATE OF DEATH: 10 May 1989
PLACE OF DEATH: Saarbrücken
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
COLOUR: Dark Brown
NEXT OF KIN: Charlotte
Bleckwenn, Stockelsdorf ueber Luebeck (British Zone)
16 April 1925
1 October 1925
1 January 1929
1 June 1930
1 April 1933
1 July 1934
15 October 1935 (RDA 1 May 1933)
1 October 1936
15 October 1941 (RDA 1 September 1941)
1 August 1942 (without RDA; later established at 1 September 1943)
8 November 1943 (RDA 1 September 1943)
8 February 1945 (RDA 30 January 1945)
Commands & Assignments:
April 1925: Entered police service as a Polizei-Anwärter [Police Candidate]
at the Hildesheim Police School.
April 1926: Transferred to the Schutzpolizei [Municipal Police] at Wesermünde.
September 1929-18 September 1930: Detached to the Police Officer Candidate
Course at Spandau and Eiche.
August 1932: Named a Police Officer Candidate.
September 1932-30 November 1932: Detached to the Firing Teaching Course
and Armored Vehicle Training at the School for Technology and Traffic
October 1934: Machinegun Officer on the Staff of the Land Police Group
Hannover and, for a time, also served as a Platoon Leader
in the 2nd 100-Man Detachment of the Hannover Land Police.
August 1935: Accepted into the Army.
September 1935-12 October 1935: Detached to the Course for Machinegun
Platoon Leaders at the Infantry School at Döberitz.
October 1935: Company Officer in Machinegun Battalion 1.
October 1937: Company Chief in Machinegun Battalion 10.
July 1938-10 August 1938: Detached to the Officers Course at the Dresden
November 1938: Company Chief in Machinegun Battalion 14.
January 1940: Commander of the I. Battalion of Border Infantry Regiment
November 1940: Commander of the III. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 690
of the 337th Infantry Division.
March 1941: Army High Command Leader Reserve, detached as an Officers
Instructor in Infantry Replacement Battalion 63, Ingolstadt.
August 1941: Commander of the III. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 256
of the 112th Infantry Division. [Commanded by Generalleutnant Friedrich
Mieth, the 112th Infantry Division deployed to the Eastern Front in August
1941 where it saw action at Bobruisk and Kiev under Army Group Center.]
September 1941: Wounded/in hospital/transferred to Infantry Replacement
October 1941: Leader Reserve in Army Group Center on the Eastern Front.
November 1941: Commander of the III. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 467
of the 267th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front.
November 1941: Commander of the I. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 467
of the 267th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front.
January 1942: Delegated with the leadership of Infantry Regiment 487 of
the 267th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front.
August 1942: Commander of Infantry (later Grenadier) Regiment 487 of the
267th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front.
August 1944: Army High Command Leader Reserve in Wehrkreis [Military District]
Command XII and temporarily Battle Commandant of Trier.
August 1944: After the breakup of Army Group Center, Oberst Bleckwenn
broke through with the remnants of the regiments of the Dnieper and the
Beresina from Russia to East Prussia in 44 days.
October 1944-15 November 1944: At the same time, participated in the 15th
Division Leader Course in Hirschberg.
November 1944: Delegated with the leadership of the 708th Volksgrenadier
Division on the Western Front.
January 1945: Commander of the 708th Volksgrenadier Division on the Western
Front. [After forming in Slovakia, the division transferred to Alsace,
France in November 1944 where it served under the LXIV Army Corps of the
The division was destroyed during the Allied reduction of the Colmar Pocket
and dissolved in February 1945.]
February 1945: Army High Command Leader Reserve in Wehrkreis Command XII.
February 1945-4 May 1945: Inspector of the Infantry of the 1st Naval Infantry
Division and, at the same time, delegated with the leadership of the 1st
Naval Infantry Division on the Eastern Front. [Bleckmann
succeeded Konteradmiral Hans Hartmann as commander of the 1st
Naval Infantry Division under Army Group Weichsel (Vistula) on the Eastern
Formed on 31 January 1945, the division was composed of excess naval personnel
who no longer had ships or submarines to man. Committed to combat against
the Russians on the Oder River south of Stettin, the 1st Naval Infantry
Division suffered heavy losses in fierce defensive fighting in the bridgehead
between Alt Damm and Greifenhagen. After being forced back to the west
bank of the river, the division continued to see heavy defensive combat
against the advancing Russians. Withdrawing across Mecklenburg to Neustrelitz,
the remnants of the 1st Naval Division then crossed the demarcation line
between the Soviet and Anglo-American forces and surrendered to the British
along with the rest of General der Panzertruppe Hasso von Manteuffels
3rd Panzer Army.]
March 1945: Transferred to the Kriegsmarine in accordance with a telex
from the Army High Command Personnel Office (OKH/PA/Ag P1).
May 1945-July 1947: Prisoner of war in British captivity
- 11th January 1946 transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from
LDC (London District Cage)
- 7th August 1947 transferred to LDC from Island Farm Special Camp
1947-25 October 1947: Transferred into French captivity.
Cross of the Iron Cross: 6 April 1944, Oberst, Commander of Grenadier
(No. 621): 18 October 1944, Oberst, Commander of Grenadier Regiment 487.
Cross in Gold: 14 April 1942, Major, Leader of Infantry Regiment 487.
Combat Clasp in Silver
Cross, 1st Class (1939): 1 July 1940.
Cross, 2nd Class (1939): 21 May 1940.
for the Winter Campaign in Russia 1941/1942 (“East Medal”): 20 August
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
Forces Long Service Award, 4th Class (4-year Service Medal): 2 October
Defense Wall Honour Award: 20 March 1940.
Assault Badge in Silver: 1 July 1940.
Badge in Black: 10 September 1941. Wound Badge in Silver: 20 August 1943.
of Honour for good shooting with the carbine: 26 November 1937
der Infanterie Hellmuth Thumm commanded the LXIV Army Corps from 1
November 1944-15 January 1945. He was later held as a prisoner of war
at Island Farm Special Camp 11.
 Konteradmiral Hans Hartmann was later held
as a prisoner of war at Island Farm Special Camp 11.
 General der Panzertruppe Hasso von Manteuffel
was later held as a prisoner of war at Island Farm Special Camp 11 for
a portion of his captivity.
 It remains unclear if Generalmajor Bleckwenn
was only detached to the Kriegsmarine or was formally transferred into
that branch of service and named to the rank of Konteradmiral. The German
Federal Archive maintains a telex from the Army High Command to the Navy
High Command dated 17 March 1945 that transferred Bleckwenn to the Kriegsmarine
with effect from 1 March 1945. This transfer, also valid for his peacetime
status, should have renamed him from Generalmajor to the corresponding
grade of Konteradmiral. This would make him the last German officer promoted
to that rank in World War II. However, existing documentation from the
period of 1 March 1945 to the German surrender cannot confirm this.
to see a photo of Generalmajor Wilhelm Bleckwenn in the company of fellow
prisoners of war at Island Farm