During the First Worldwar, Walter Sommé commmanded Schutzstaffel 11.
On 1st April 1935 Sommé was given command of Aufklärungsschule 1 F (Heer) which he commanded until 31st March 1936. with the rank of Oberst he commanded as Kommodore the Kampfgeschwader 153 from 1st April 1936 until 1st May 1939. With the rank of Generalleutnant he assumed command of Luftgaustab z.b.V. Russland between 29th June and 23rd October 1941. From 23rd october 1941 until 9th August 1944 he was with the rank of General der Flieger the commanding general of Luftgau VIII.
1917 - 1918: Schutzstaffel 11;
1st April 1935 - 31st March 1936: Aufklärungsschule 1 F (Heer);
1st April 1936 - 1st May 1939: Kommodore Kampfgeschwader 153;
29th June 1941 - 23rd October 1941: Luftgaustab z.b.V. Russland;
23rd October 1941 - 9th august 1944: Befehlshaber Luftgau VIII;
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