Böttcher, Hans-Walther

Date of birth:
November 4th, 1916 (Bad Bramstedt-Segeberg/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
June 6th, 1943
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1st June 1937: Fahnenjunker-Gefreiter Infanterie-Regiment 6
1st September 1937: Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier
1st March 1938: Fähnrich
1st June 1938: Oberfähnrich
1st September 1938: Leutnant
1940: Oberleutnant
1st February 1943: Hauptmann

Was killed on 6th June 1943 near Archangelsk, Soviet Union, as Hauptmann and Kommandeur Sturm-Bataillon / Grenadier-Regiment 186.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. / Infanterie-Regiment 222
Awarded on:
June 27th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Infanterie-Regiment 303
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Regiment-Stab. / Infanterie-Regiment 167
Awarded on:
April 13th, 1942
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
July 29th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
December 28th, 1942
Action:
Received for a single wound inflicted on 5th December 1942.
Details:
Feldpostnummer 08 464 on document.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer 1. / Grenadier-Regiment 216 / 86.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1943
Action:
As batallion commander he took part in battles southeast of Toropez, where he deserved the Ritterkreuz when he stoped the enemy with his batallion from penetrating his sector while on the left and right the enemy advanced far in the ranks. With a counterattack together with 30 of his men he destroyed a complete Soviet batallion, after which his batallion was able to relocate its positions. When he and his men reached their own ranks after a night long march, he and his men were already though to be destroyed.
(according to a newspaper article in 1943)
Details:
Preliminary award document dated 9th February 1943.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: H.-P. Rackete
  • Photo: H.-P. Rackete
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Award certificates and documents via H.-P. Rackete: Verleihungsurkunde EK II, Verleihungsurkunde EK I, Besitzzeugnis ISA im silber, Besitzzeugnis Verwundetenazeichen in Schwarz, Vorläufiges Besitzzeugnis Ritterkreuz, Beförderungs Urkunde zum Leutnant, Wehrpass

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