Werthern, Freiherr von, Thilo

Date of birth:
July 24th, 1912 (Coburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
January 10th, 2004 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
November 1st, 1941: Hauptmann (6a).

Career:
September 1st, 1939: Kp.Chef Pz.Jg.Abt. 26;
August 1st, 1940: Kp.Chef Pz.Ers.Abt. 5;
October 2nd, 1940: Kp.Chef Pz.Rgt. 27;
April, 1940: Fhr.Res. OKH;
June 16th, 1942: Lehrg.Ltr. Kp.Fhr. Schule Versailles;
January 1st, 1943: Taktiklehrer am Fhj.-u.Offz.Lehrg. der Pz.Tr.;
July 16th, 1943: Lehrgr.Kdr. am Obfhnr.-Lehrg. der Pz.Tr.;
May 8th, 1944: Stb. Gen.Insp.d.Pz.Tr. Stellengr. B.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Schützen-Regiment 394, 3. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 8th, 1941
Action:
Oberleutnant von Werthern was awarded the Knight’s Cross for his decisive leadership on 27 June 1941. On that day his battalion had pressed through multiple Soviet defensive lines but then began to falter in the woods around Kalista. The battalion commander, Major Kratzenburg, was badly wounded. His replacement became a casualty soon afterwards, being hit twice in the legs. It was at this stage that von Werthern took command, reenergizing the attack and eventually clearing out the woods in close combat, though with high losses.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 7th, 1941
Details:
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Schützen-Regiment 394, 3. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1941
Details:
310th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 10th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz

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