Reinwald, Max

Date of birth:
September 1st, 1903 (Hagelstadt/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
June 8th, 1969 (Regensburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 19, 7. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 19th, 1941
Details:
Award 38/26.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Bataillonührer, Grenadier-Regiment 19, 7. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 7th, 1943
Details:
1455th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 19, 7. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 29th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his actions in the Pripet marshes near Klinsk (west of Retschiza). On 14.01.1944 the Soviets attacked Reinwald’s Regiment from all sides, but every one of their four assaults were unsuccessful. With Reinwald at the head of his men the Regiment then thrust into the enemy positions near Klinsk and recaptured the artillery from 2 Batteries of the I./Artillerie-Regiment 137 that had been previously lost. Reinwald’s Kampfgruppe then formed a rearguard for elements of three German divisions, his regimental supply trains and the artillery to cross the bridge leading away from Klinsk before finally crossing it himself with his men. The Germans were thereafter able to form a new defensive line.
Details:
2721st Heer Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst der Reserve (Colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 19, 7. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the leadership of his Regiment following the Soviet summer offensive. In both attack and defense Reinwald and his regiment were able to help ensure that the Soviet offensive could eventually be stopped. They particularly distinguished themselves during the battles for the Narew position, beginning on 10.10.1944. In the following days elements of the Soviet 48th Army launched up to 30 attacks against the Division with artillery and air support, but were successful held due to the efforts of the Division which included Reinwald and his Regiment.
Details:
702nd Award.

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