Wietersheim, von, Walter

Date of birth:
November 29th, 1917 (Barzdorf/Lower Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 19th, 2002 (Bielefeld/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

In service from April 6th 1936.

Promotions:
1st June 1940: Oberleutnant (RDA 682);
1st February 1944: Major (RDA 36 h).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 28
Awarded on:
May 26th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 28
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
2. / Panzer-Abteilung 18
Awarded on:
February 11th, 1943
Details:
According to his karteikarte the awarding/presentation was on April 10th, 1943 with Panzer-Regiment "Grossdeutschland".
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Führer II. / Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
December 27th, 1943
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland" / Panzergrenadier-Division "Großdeutschland" / 4.Rumänische Armee / Heeresgruppe Südukraine
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1944
Action:
On the morning of 08.03.1944 the Soviets launched a heavy attack against the Panzergrenadier-Division "Großdeutschland" to the west of Kirovograd. At the time Wietersheim commanded a battalion of Panzer IVs. The division was relatively weak at the time and fought desperately to hold the Soviets back. During the fighting this day Wietersheim's panzers played a decisive role in the German defensive successes, even successfully taking on Soviet IS-2 tanks. Wietersheim's panzers played a key role in preventing a Soviet breakthrough in this area and enabling a new German defensive line to be built west of Jassy. On this day his battalion also destroyed...
14 tanks
6 AT guns
2 artillery pieces
For his battalion's success in this battle Wietersheim was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Details:
Unit according to the karteikarte was Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland".
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 18
Details:
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
2. / Panzer-Abteilung 18
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz

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