Schmalz, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
March 1st, 1901 (Reußen/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
March 14th, 1983 (Braunfels/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Do you have more information about this person? Inform us!

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I./Kavallerie-Schützen-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I./Kavallerie-Schützen-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I./Kavallerie-Schützen-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1940
Action:
During the pursuit of French forces in the Fall Rot stage of the battle of France, Major Schmalz and his troops were able to capture the bridge over the Loire at Allier despite there being no specific order to do so. The capture of this bridge, as well as another crossing over the river at Nevers, was in conjunction with the formation of a German bridgehead at La Charte on the previous day of crucial importance for the continuation of German operations. It ensured that the French were not able to create a new defensive line along this river and that the German pursuit operations between the Loire and the Swiss border could continue without interruption. For his contribution here Schmalz would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Kradschützen-Bataillons 59
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Group Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Brigade z.b.V., Panzer-Division "Hermann Göring", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1943
Action:
Awarded for the achievements of Kampfgruppe Schmalz during the battle for Sicily. Despite the lack of troops and supplies Schmalz and his troops fought a brilliant series of defensive actions in the Mt. Etna area from Catania through to Messina.
Details:
357th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

Photo