Sievers, Walther

Date of birth:
June 15th, 1902 (Halstenbeck, Germany)
Date of death:
July 12th, 1982 (Bad Pyrmont, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
9./Infanterie-Regiment 415
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur III./Infanterie-Regiment 415
Awarded on:
December 19th, 1942
Action:
In the middle of December 1942, during the battles south of Lake Ilmen, Sievers was able to throw back strong enemy forces (supported by tanks) that had broken into the German front. He then successfully defended against all further enemy attacks.

On another occasion, on 11.12.1943, the battalion of Hauptmann der Reserve Sievers was encircled by Soviet forces while positioned on the northern front of the corridor to Demyansk. He formed a hedgehog position with his battalion along with elements of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 161 in strongpoint "Schwebekopf", and held off all enemy attacks until the encirclement was broken on 13.12. by the I./Grenadier-Regiment 161.

For his actions during these battles Sievers received the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1943
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 415, 123. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 29th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his command achievements in the bridgehead over the Dnieper at Zaporozhye in October/early November 1943, where he mastered multiple critical situations in some of the hardest fighting in this area.
Details:
379th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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