Sander, Walter (Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 5)

Date of birth:
July 25th, 1914 (Völksen am Deister/Hannover, Germany)
Date of death:
April 28th, 1981 (Springe am Deister/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Walter Sander finally reached the rank of Oberleutnant der Reserve.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel der Reserve
Unit:
4. / Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 5, 7.Flieger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
1. / Fallschirmjäger-Pionier-Bataillon 5, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1945
Action:
Awarded for his Kompanie’s successes during the initial phases of the Battle of the Bulge. At the start of the attack they moved swiftly through a gap in the US Infantry Regiment 109 (28th US Infantry Division) and reached the crossroads of Fels Kalochette, 20 km in the US rear. Here they captured a US communications battalion with 200 men and 50 vehicles.

Later, on 18.12.1944, Sander’s Kompanie captured the crossroads at Café Schumann, 5 km SW of Wiltz, thus completing the encirclement of the town. During a US breakout attempt the Kompanie took a further 280 Americans prisoner. Finally, on 20.12.1944, the place fell to the Germans with the loss of hundreds of US prisoners and 40 Sherman tanks. Sander was recognized appropriately for his Kompanie’s role in bringing about this outcome.
Details:
Führer
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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