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Bronsart von Schellendorff, Heinrich-Walter

Date of birth:
September 21st, 1906 (Neustrelitz/Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany)
Date of death:
September 12th, 1944 (near Château-Salins/Lorraine, France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Heinrich-Walter Bronsart von Schellendorff was killed on 12th September 1944. At that moment he was Kommandeur 111.Panzer-Brigade with the rank of Oberst. He was posthumously promoted to Generalmajor.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kradschützen-Bataillon 36
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1942

Award 121/5.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzergrenadier-Regiment 13 / 5.Panzer-Division / LV.Armee-Korps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1943
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for distinguishing himself on the 16.07.1943 west of Brussny (in the Orel salient), on the 22.07.1943 near Kzyn and on the 23.07.1943 while northwest of Katunowka. During this latter action he and his regimental staff successfully engaged a Soviet Bataillon and subsequently launched a counterattack along the Katunowka-Inschinskaja road.

2092nd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzergrenadier-Regiment 13 / 5.Panzer-Division / LVI.Panzer-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
February 12th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
The following press article, dated 26.02.1944, describes why Bronsart von Schellendorff was awarded the Oakleaves as follows…

“Oberst Bronsart von Schellendorff was awarded the Knight’s Cross five months ago for his share in the fighting within the Orel salient. In more recent days he has been involved in the defense against overwhelming enemy forces north of Kalinkowitschi during January 1944. The enemy sought to crush the bridgehead there from the north and cut off the German troops located in the bridgehead. The Soviets repeatedly managed to push back and/or bypass Oberst Bronsart von Schellendorf’s weak forces, which were deployed along a broad front in dense terrain. However the Oberst always managed to pull off operational decisions which, at the cost of the highest demands from the leadership and troops, brought about the possibility of reconstructing the front and holding open the retreat road until all units had succeeded in evacuating the bridgehead according to plan. Later on the Division’s retreat road was blocked by the pursuing enemy. Acting swiftly, the Oberst assembled a force consisting of elements of the divisional staff, the Nachrichten-Abteilung and self-propelled guns coming from the repair shop. Leading at the head of this weak motley of troops, he reopened the retreat road for the Division.”

394th Award.

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