Prüß, Walter

Date of birth:
December 4th, 1911 (Harmsdorf/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
November 13th, 2003 (Harmsdorf/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 8th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
6. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment (motorisiert) 76, 20. Infanterie-Division (motorisiert), Heer
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer, 6. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment (motorisiert) 76, 20. Infanterie-Division (motorisiert), Heer
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1944
Action:
During the defensive battles around Ruda-Sielecka and Zolkiew Oberleutnant Prüß and his Kompanie succeeded in interdicting an enemy supply route, capturing a large quantity of enemy supplies in the process in the area around Kamionka-Strumilowa (Bug). For this action Prüß would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 8. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 76, 20. Panzergrenadier-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Despite being wounded in the neck, Prüß decided to go against his medical advice and remained with his troops, taking over the acting command of the II. Bataillon after its commander had become a casualty. Shortly afterwards the Soviets succeeded in breaking into the neighbouring sector in battalion strength. In response Prüß independently moved against this enemy force at the head of just 30 men and was able to clear up the break-in. Recognizing that the focal point of the Soviet attack was here, Prüß remained in the sector Sorau-Sagan and on the same afternoon of that day launched three successful counterattacks. A result of these was the capture of considerable quantities of enemy materiel and prisoners. In recognition of this success Prüß would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
Details:
796th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 7th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Bronze version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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