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Wilhelm Fahrmbacher
Wilhelm Fahrmbacher next to Erwin Rommel in Saint-Nazaire on the roof of a German U-boat bunker (18 February 1944)
Born (1888-09-19)19 September 1888
Died 27 April 1970(1970-04-27) (aged 81)
Place of birth Zweibrücken
Place of death Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1907–1945
Rank General der Artillerie
Commands held 5. Infanterie-Division
VII. Armeekorps
XXV. Armeekorps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Military Advisor

Wilhelm Fahrmbacher (19 September 1888 – 27 April 1970) was a highly decorated General der Artillerie in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several corps. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Wilhelm Fahrmbacher was captured by American troops in 1945, he was handed over to French forces and held until 1950. After his release he served as a military advisor in Egypt.

Awards and decorations


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 148.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Eugen Hahn
Commander of 5. Infanterie-Division
August 1938 – 25 October 1940
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Karl Allmendinger
Preceded by
Generaloberst Eugen Ritter von Schobert
Commander of VII. Armeekorps
25 October 1940 – 8 January 1942
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Ernst-Eberhard Hell
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Karl Ritter von Prager
Commander of XXV. Armeekorps
1 May 1942 – 10 June 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Dietrich von Choltitz
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Dietrich von Choltitz
Commander of XXV. Armeekorps
16 June 1944 – 10 May 1945
Succeeded by

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