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Wilhelm Falley

Wilhelm Falley German general

German general
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Quick Facts
Intro German general
A.K.A. Falley
Was Military personnel
From Germany
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 25 September 1897, Metz, France
Death 6 June 1944, Sainte-Mère-Église, France (aged 46 years)
Star sign LibraLibra
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Biography

Wilhelm Falley (25 September 1897 – 6 June 1944) was the first German general to be killed during the Normandy Landings in France. He was commander of the 91st Infantry Division.

Promoted to Major General (Generalmajor) in December 1943, and Lieutenant General (Generalleutnant) in May 1944, he held various commands before being appointed Commander of the 91st Infantry Division in April 1944. Falley was the first German general to fall in action during the Normandy landings. On D-Day, Falley was returning from Rennes, where a war game had been organized by the German High Command, to his Division headquarters, in Picauville. Falley was killed in an ambush carried out by paratroopers of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, on the country road outside the rear wall of the German 91st Infantry Division's headquarters, Chateau de Bernaville, in Picauville, southwest of Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy.

Awards

  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 26 November 1941 as Oberstleutnant and commander of 4th Infantry Regiment
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