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Krüger, Walter (WH-Panzer)

Date of birth:
March 23rd, 1892 (Zeitz/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
July 11th, 1973 (Baden-Baden, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on October 9th 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on July 29th 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 1.Schützen-Brigade / 1.Panzer-Division / (mot) XXXXI.Armee-Korps / Panzergruppe 4 / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1941
Awarded for his successes in the first weeks of Barbarossa. He and his men particularly distinguished themselves in the tank battle at Rossieni-Vosiliskis in the time period 23-25.06.1941. On the 28.06.1941 they captured Jakobstadt, and later Ostrow on the 04.07.1941.
350th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 1.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Award 170/3.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 1.Panzer-Division / XXXXVIII.Panzer-Korps / 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
January 24th, 1944
Awarded for distinguishing himself while in command of the 1. Panzer-Division during the fighting around Zhitomir in late 1943, and in particularly for his role in clearing the western bank of the Teterew river northeast of the city.
373rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1997.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum

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