Weiler, Bruno

Date of birth:
July 27th, 1905 (Berlin/Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
May 8th, 1945 (Landskron, Czechia)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Cheb
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 346
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Skijäger-Regiment 1, 1. Skijäger Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 5th, 1944
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Skijäger-Regiment 1, 1. Skijäger Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1945
Action:
Weiler's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"On 07.03.1945 Kampfgruppe Weiler, consisting of three battalions and parts of the Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 152, was subordinated to the 371. Infanterie-Division.
At 1900 Oberst Weiler was in Vierraben (14 km NW of Racibórz). At that time he received the order from the commander of the 371. Infanterie-Division to take I. & III./Skijäger Regiment 1 (then based in Warmenthal) to attack and capture Gut Niederhof, and thereafter deploy along the line Warmenthal - Gut Niederhof - Holderfelde in a defensive posture.
Weiler, along with his Adjutant and Ordonnanz-Offizier, began driving at 0000 the next day from Vierraben to Vw. Elfriedendorf via Wiesenstein. Their observation of tracer bullets and flares suggested an unclear situation at the frontline. The commander and adjutant of I./Ski-Jäger- Regiment 1 reported in at Vw. Elfriedenhof. After about 250 m of marching north the enemy suddenly attacked from the right with several tanks and about 150 infantry, aiming towards an agricultural estate. They came onto the Elfriedenhof - Warmenthal road and after a short but violent firefight the officers Ski-Jäger-Regiment 1, led by Oberst Weiler, defeated the initial Soviet attempts at entering the estate (= Vw). However since it was not possible for three officers to hold the place against the far superior enemy, Oberst Weiler took the independent decision to set up a defensive front here with all available units against the enemy who had broken into Elfriedenhof. Moving across friendly minefields he went past Point 237.9 to the Reichsstraße 118, and from there took over the Kampfschule-Kompanie of the 371.Infanterie-Division as well as friendly PaK and the Panzerzerstör-Zuges of 13./Ski-Jäger-Regiment 1 (the latter two of which were in the middle of repositioning). He ordered them to move to the estate and hold it against all enemy attacks. Then Weiler went to the intersection 1 km SW of the estate and halted three assault guns that were withdrawing from the area, taking them under personal command. At about 0200 the lead units of the I./Ski-Jäger-Regiment 1 reached the intersection. Oberst Weiler then took the independent decision to retake Vw. Elfriedenhof with the available elements of his battalion and the three assault guns, and in doing so disobeying his existing orders in the process. At the head of his men (and despite his shot up arm and leg) they managed to recapture Vw. Elfriedenhof, and thereafter chased off the broken enemy and built a new defensive line.
By his bold, independent decisions, Oberst Weiler prevented a dangerous enemy breakthrough, closed the gap in the frontline of the 371.Infanterie-Divison and created a new defensive position. This action was crucial for holding the main line of the 371.Infanterie-Divison and enabling it to continue the fight."
Details:
5141st Award.
The recitation arrived with the Haupt Personal Amt (HPA) on April 28th 1945 an supposedly written in under number 5141. On April 30th 1945, the recitation was suported by Major Domaschk and in accordance with the so called "Dönitz-Erlass", accepted by the Ordensgemeinschaft des Ritterkreuzes. .
The date was determined by Fellgiebel.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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