Risse, Walther

Date of birth:
December 13th, 1892 (Geithain/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
June 21st, 1965 (Hamburg/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 4th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 474, 254. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his actions during the fighting around Reval in operation Barbarossa. During this time Oberst Risse and his reinforced regiment were able to break the heavy fortified Soviet defensive line along the Pirita river and roll it up towards the north. By this independent decision Oberst Risse was able to gain the Division a new front towards the north and northwest by the evening of the 24.08.1941. From here it was possible to support the assault on the strongly defended high ground east of Reval and thus ensure its eventual fall to the attacking German forces.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 225. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 639/26
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 28th, 1944
Action:
In tough combat of the third Courland battle, the North German 225th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Risse and the Pomeranian 12th Armored Division, led by Lieutenant General Freiherr von Bodenhausen, have shown outstanding steadfastness.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 225.Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the leadership of his Division during the Third Battle of Courland, which began on 21.12.1944. Following his troops’ counterattack on 24.12.1944, which succeeded in reaching the line Podnieki-Silmali, the attacking Soviet forces were finally brought to a halt on the next day.
Details:
704th Award.

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