Koch, Walter

Date of birth:
September 10th, 1910 (Bonn/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
October 23rd, 1943 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Buried on:
German War Graves Beuel
Grave: 8.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Walter Koch finally reached the rank of Oberstleutnant. He died on 23rd October 1943 in a hospital in Berlin beceause of the wounds inflicted in a plane crash in Tunesia. His body was transferred to Bonn and there buried.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 10th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Action:
Awarded for the success of his Sturm-Abteilung Koch during the first day of the Battle of France. His men played a vital role in the German advance by seizing the Eben Emael fortress and the nearby bridges over the Albert Canal, achieving these seemingly impossible successes through their skill and employment of new weapons and tactics. As the commander in charge of this operation, Koch played an invaluable role in its success through his planning and leadership of this decisive set of events.
Details:
Kommandeur
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Abteilung “Koch”, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
I. / Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 31st, 1942
Details:
Kommandeur
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1941
Action:
In the battles in Crete parachute units under the leadership of Major Koch, Hauptmann Altmann and Oberleutnant Genz distinguished themselves through boldness and courage.
Wehrmachtbericht

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