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 Major Wilhelm Georg Bach

Major Wilhelm Georg Bach

Birth
Obereisenheim, Landkreis Würzburg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 22 Dec 1942 (aged 50)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Kitchener, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 41506719 · View Source
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Wilhelm Bach was born in Oberwoesheim, Bavaria. He was a veteran of the First World War and a British POW. After the war, he married, raised a family, and became a Lutheran minister in Mannheim. Before the Second World War, he was called up to the military. He served in Africa, where he was promoted to Major and was awarded the Knight's Cross. He courageously defended the Halfaya Pass (named "Hellfire Pass" by the Allies) until supply lines were cut and he surrendered on Jan. 17, 1942. As a POW, he was brought to Canada where he died of cancer later that year. He was very well-liked by his men, who carved a wooden marker for his grave which stands in the corner of the cemetery, separate from his burial plot.

Source: Rommel's Desert Commanders, by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr., Greenwood Publishing Group Inc., 2007.

Photo of Major Bach used with permission from the Afrikakorps website (www.afrikakorps.org).
NOTE: DEAD LINK AS OF JAN 28 2013.

Gravesite Details The birthdates on the stone and wooden markers do not agree. From other sources, it appears the stone marker (Nov. 5) is correct.

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  • Created by: Darren Arndt
  • Added: 3 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41506719
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Major Wilhelm Georg Bach (5 Nov 1892–22 Dec 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41506719, citing Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Darren Arndt (contributor 46971852) .