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WILHELM  MOHNKE  (4019-1994)
Brigadeführer, Waffen SS

 

WILHELM MOHNKE (15 March 1911 – 6 August 2001) was one of the original 120 members of the SS Staff Guard (Stabswache) "Berlin" formed in March 1933.  From those ranks, Mohnke rose to become one of Adolf Hitler's last remaining generals.  He joined the Party  in September 1931.
 

MOHNKE saw action with the Liebstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (1sr SS) in France, Poland and the Balkans.  After several failed attempts to introduce a Panzer arm to theLeibstandarte, he was transferred to the replacement battalion until he was given command of a regiment in the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.  It was with this regiment that he fought in the Battle for Caen.  For his superior conduct in battle, he received the KNIGHTS CROSS on 11 July 1944.  After participating in most of the French campaign, he was given command of his original division, the Leibstandarte during the Battle of the Bulge, which commenced on 16 December 1944.  He served until the very last day of the war in Europe; during the Battle of Berlin, he commanded the Kampfgruppe Mohnke and was charged with defending the Berlin government district, including the Reich Chancellery and Reichstag (nicknamed Die Zitadelle or "The Citadel").
                              

 

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