Lucht, Walther

Date of birth:
February 26th, 1882 (Berlin, Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
March 18th, 1949 (Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Artillerie-Kommandeur 44 ("Arko"), 44. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Artillerie-Kommandeur 44 ("Arko"), 44. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 87. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Generaal-majoor)
Unit:
Kommandeur 336. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the 336. Infanterie-Division during its desperate battles on the Chir river front in December 1942. Starting on the 04.12.1942, this Division was among the handful of truly steadfast German units along this sector. On the 07.12.1942 it undertook a successful counterattack and the next day held its ground against the overwhelming enemy with the support of the 11. Panzer-Division.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie (Luitenant-generaal)
Unit:
Kommandierender General des LXVI. Armee-Korps
Awarded on:
January 9th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded in recognition of his successful command of the LXVI. Armee-Korps during the defensive battles in fall 1944 and in the Battle of the Bulge. On the 04.09.1944 Lucht and his Korps, as part of the 19. Armee, were able to establish a link to the 1. Armee and thereby prevent an impending Allied advance along this sector and into German territory. He further distinguished himself in the Vogesen and Eifel regions. In the Battle of the Bulge it was his Korps which surrounded the bulk of the US 106th Infantry Division, capturing 8000 prisoners in the process, and thereafter captured St. Vith. This was the second-largest mass capitulation of US forces in the whole war, second only to Bataan.
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)

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