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Stettner, Ritter von Grabenhofen, Walter

Date of birth:
March 19th, 1895 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
October 18th, 1944 (Belgrade, Yougoslavia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 91
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 17th, 1942
Voenen Orden
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 1. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 23rd, 1943
The following wartime excerpt describes why Stettner received the Knight’s Cross…

"Oberst Stettner Ritter von Grabenhofen made a major contribution towards the destruction of the Soviet 58th Army on the northern front of the Kuban bridgehead (as reported in the Wehrmachtbericht of 06.03.1943) along with his Bavarian Gebirgsjäger. Over the course of a 6 day battle he led his Gebirgsjäger forwards through the very difficult terrain and threw back the superior enemy forces located in the swamps on the south shore of the Sea of Azov. Oberst Stettner von Grabenhofen was promoted to Generalmajor for the outstanding leadership of his Division.”

The results of the German victory here included the capture of 1000 prisoners, 69 guns and over 250 mortars and machine guns.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Awarded on:
August 7th, 1943
Red Zeljeni Trolist First Class Cross

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