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Wilhelm Adam
Wilhelm Adam
Born (1877-09-15)September 15, 1877
Died 8 April 1949 (1949-04-09) (aged 71)
Place of birth Ansbach
Place of death Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1943)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1897–1943
Rank Generaloberst
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Wilhelm Adam (15 September 1877 – 8 April 1949) was a German army officer (since 1939, a Colonel General) who served in the Bavarian Army, the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht.

Adam was born in Ansbach, joining the German Army in 1897, and serving in Bavarian telegraph and Communication units before being detached to the Bavarian War Academy in 1907. During World War I, Adam fought as a company leader of a Bavarian pioneer unit, but only for a short period. Towards the end of 1914, Adam became a General Staff Officer on the Staff of the Army High command. But right at the end of the war he was back to being a Bavarian engineer unit leader. With the end of the war, Adam served in various posts within the Reichswehr, from posts such as a liaison officer to the Bavarian Military Ministry and being an infantry battalion commander, in the 20th Infantry Regiment.

By Hitler's rise to power in 1933, Adam was Chief of the Troop Office and soon was commanding a division and was also at the same time commanding Military District VII. Adam retired on 31 December 1938, but he was recalled for service from 26 August 1939. After several years of being at the disposal of the army he retired in 1943 and died in 1949 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Adam's unpublished memoir was preserved for many years after the war in a Bavarian monastery. It is now in the Institut für Zeitgeschichte archives in Munich as file ED109/2.[citation needed]


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