Reder, Walter

Date of birth:
February 4th, 1915 (Freiwaldau, Austria)
Date of death:
April 26th, 1991 (Vienna, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Unit:
11./SS-T. Infanterie-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Unit:
Bataillonskommandeur / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1 “Totenkopf” / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Totenkopf” / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
April 3rd, 1943
Action:
Reder’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

"SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder received orders on the 01.03.1943 to advance east with his Battalion in cooperation with the I./SS-Totenkopf Pz.Rgt. 3 through Par Schljachowaja onto Schjachowaja and then west into Jeremejewka.

The Battalion bumped into hard resistance in Par Schljachowaja. They were able to penetrate into this village after hard fighting and defended it during the night against four violent armoured counter attacks by the enemy, with only limited support.

On the 02.03.1943 the Battalion smashed strong enemy forces west of Schljachowaja in the Leninskij factory, and then defended again with only limited support against violent armoured attacks of the enemy. Despite the superhuman exertions of SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder, the enemy firmly held onto Jeremejewka. On the 03.03.1943 the men went forward again towards Jeremejewka and ventured into the western part of the town in hard street fighting. On Reder's own decision they turned to the north and northeast and destroyed and divided the strong enemy, who pulled back.

The bold attack of the Battalion, possible only through the last personally directed attack of SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder, created the prerequisite for the dividing and annihilation of the strong Russian 3rd Tank Army. The Battalion Reder itself captured or destroyed the following in these battles:

- 13 tanks
- 82 guns
- 1 Flak Battery
- 354 light vehicles
- Around 300 panje wagons
- 25 mortars
- 53 anti-tank rifles
- 25 field kitchens
- Many machine guns and over 1000 rifles

SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder, who with his Battalion was the highest example of a go-getting spirit, was heavily wounded on the 10.03.1943.

I please ask that this brave officer receive recognition for his boldness and the result associated with it by the award of the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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