- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 "Das Reich"
- Awarded on:
- April 21st, 1944
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."