Waldmüller, Hans

Date of birth:
September 13th, 1912 (Bamberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
September 8th, 1944 (Basse-Bodeux, Belgium)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Unit:
1.Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 25 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend"
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1944
Action:
Waldmüller’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“On the 08.07.1944 SS-Sturmbannführer Waldmüller held his position near Epron while showing exemplary leadership and bravery, even though enemy tank forces had outflanked his right wing and penetrated deep into the rear of the Division. Own his own initiative he defended his sector the whole day against the fiercely attacking enemy. SS-Sturmbannführer Waldmüller’s stand here enabled the Division to form a new frontline north of Caen over the course of the next night. That same night SS-Sturmbannführer Waldmüller led his Bataillon back through enemy lines to the new positions while bringing along all wounded men.

On the 08.08.1944 the reinforced Bataillon Waldmüller began a counterattack against Garcelles. Their opposition was in the form of over 100 tanks and an air force of 800 four-engined bombers. In the course of the fighting Waldmüller and his unit destroyed over 40 enemy tanks with both Panzerjäger and close combat weapons. However due to the enemy superiority and his own losses, Waldmüller was compelled to establish an all-round defense with his units near Garcelles. In the course of the night a breakthrough towards St. Sylvian took place. Strong enemy tank forces punched through the new positions and tried to roll up Waldmüller’s Bataillon.

Through the personal, brave example of its commander the Bataillon was able to fend off all enemy attacks and pull back to new positions in the evening hours.

As a result of the toughness and flexible leadership of SS-Sturmbannführer Waldmüller, the Division succeeded in halting the thrust of strong enemy forces towards Falaise.

I ask that SS-Sturmbannführer Waldmüller be recognized for his accomplishments with the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Bronze version
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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