Weidinger, Otto

Date of birth:
May 27th, 1914 (Würzburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
January 11th, 1990 (Aalen/Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 21st, 1941
Details:
Bronze version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 31st, 1943
Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse mit Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer
Unit:
SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Das Reich"
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1943
Details:
Award 485/38.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 "Das Reich"
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1944
Action:
Weidinger's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"In the heavy defensive battles east of Zhitomir, a reconnaissance detachment patrol under the daring leadership of Sturmbannfiihrer Weidinger proved itself repeatedly in outstanding performances. On 22.11.1943, the patrol was engaged in a heavy defensive battle in the area around Negrebowka. To the north of the patrol were two enemy regiments. To the west, a strong force of anti-tank weapons blocked off and defended an enemy breakthrough towards the south near Sabalotsche. When an enemy patrol breached the positions of the reconnaissance detachment in two places it was Weidinger who in personally conducted counterattacks cleaned up the advances of the enemy again and again.
In the afternoon, the enemy was able to gain a wide breakthrough at the neighbouring position to the right and continued pushing until the entire detachment was encircled. Even in this situation Weidinger kept a clear head and ordered a counterattack with his weak reserves. Although to the west a five-kilometre deep flank had to be defended, Weidinger pulled out his reserve. To halt the break in the counterattack he fought at night beside parts of 2. and 3. Kompanies.
With seventeen men, Weidinger personally threw himself against the enemy forces that had broken through the northern part of Negrebovka. He stopped the attack, pushing the enemy back from the main line in a counterattack that inflicted severe Russian losses. Although Weidinger had orders to avoid stronger enemy resistance, he held his positions until Panzergruppe Stadler brought relief. Due to his initiative, determination, bravery, and setting a superior example, the bridgehead at Negrebovka could be held. This was the basis for the successful attack of the 1. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Leibstandarte" and the 2. Fallschirmjäger-Division.
Personal bravery; prudent, agile leadership; and great decisiveness make SS-Sturmbannführer Weidinger worthy to wear this high award."
Details:
2994th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 30th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS- Obersturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 4 "Der Führer" / 2.SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich” / Oberbefehlshaber West
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1944
Action:
At 2345 on 19.08.1944 Weidinger's regiment (SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 "Der Führer") was ordered to advance west along the road Trun—St. Lambert with the objective of establishing contact with German forces in the almost sealed Falaise pocket, and thereafter assist them in their retreat to the east. The next day Weidinger led his regiment (at the time with a fighting strength of just over 400 men) towards Champosoult. In a rapid attack the regiment reached the road junction 1 km northeast of Goudehard at 12.00 with Weidinger himself leading his men in the point company. He then attacked the Allies on their 6 km long northern flank and took the height of St. Leger. They then held this position against all attacks and thus kept the road open for German forces fleeing the pocket.

For this important act Weidinger was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Details:
688th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 4 "Der Führer"
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Awarded for Weidinger's command achievements in the Ardennes Offensive and in Hungary during the closing months of the war.
Details:
150th Award.
According to several sources this awarding was not confirmed by the authorities. Number is according to the date of awarding. Confirmation is made on the basis of a statement under oath to the Ordensgemeinschaft der Ritterkreuzträger made by Generaloberst der Waffen-SS Sepp Dietrich.

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