Wenck, Walther

Date of birth:
September 18th, 1900 (Wittenberg, Germany)
Date of death:
May 1st, 1982 (Ried, Austria)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant im Generalstab
Unit:
1a Stab / 1.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
January 26th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 4th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1940
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1942
War Victory Cross Order 3rd Class
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst im Generalstab (Colonel to the General Staff)
Unit:
3. Rumänische Armee
Awarded on:
December 28th, 1942
Action:
Wenck was assigned as chief of staff to the Romanian general Dumitrescu, who commanded the 3rd Romanian Army, in order to provide liaison and advice. Following the commencement of the Soviet Operation Uranus, Wenck's advice proved invaluable in preventing the total disintegration of the army, and Manstein was full of praise for his contributions. He was thus decorated with the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum
    - ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de