Walther Wenck (September 18, 1900 - May 1, 1982) was a General in the German Army during the World War II. He commanded the 12th Army which he ordered to surrender to the United States in order to avoid capture by the Soviets. Wenck Disengaged the Americans Shortly before the fall of Berlin under orders to come and liberate the city. His army which had only recently been formed made a sudden turn to the east and surprised the Russians who had surrounded the Reichs capital. Wenck Had no intention of fighting the Russians for Berlin but rather planned to move towards the Oder forest and wait for the remains of the German 9th army to escape to his camp. Ariving at the Oder River he radioed this message "Hurry up, we are waiting for you." Inspite of attacks on his path of escape Wenck brought the combined german armies safely into the hands fo the Western allies. September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... 1900 is a common year starting on Monday. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 1982 is a number and represents a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar Events January-February January 6 - William Bonin is convicted of being the freeway killer. January 8 - AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions January 11 - Mark Thatcher, son of the British... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...
Bradley, Dermot. Walther Wenck, General der Panzertruppe. Biblio Verlag (January 1981). ISBN 3764811773
Categories: People stubs | 1900 births | 1982 deaths
Wenck trat Ostern 1911 als Kadett des Kadettenhauses Naumburg (Saale) der preußischen Armee bei.
Wenck sollte nach dem Aufbau der deutschen Bundeswehr an deren Spitze treten; dieses Angebot wurde allerdings nach seinen Forderungen für dieses Amt (personelle Veränderungen; anstatt Generalinspekteur Oberbefehlshaber der Bundeswehr u.a.) wieder zurückgenommen.
Wenck konnte über die nur noch in Fragmenten vorhandene Elbbrücke bei Tangermünde über 40.000 Soldaten in westliche Gefangenschaft führen.
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