Nehring, Walther Kurt

Date of birth:
August 15th, 1892 (Stretzin/West Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
April 20th, 1983 (Düsseldorf/North Rhine-Westphalia, Duitsland)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes des XIX.Armee-Korps
Awarded on:
September 11th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes des XIX.Armee-Korps
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 18.Panzer-Division / Panzergruppe 2 / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1941
Action:
On the 01-02.07.1941 the 18. Panzer-Division achieved a great success near Borissow which was of great importance for the continuation of the German operations in the area, made possible only by Nehring’s well honed skill as a commander. Here the Soviets, by committing their elite troops taken from Moscow as well as large tank forces, attempted to prevent the Division from crossing over the Beresina river. Their efforts were however in vain, as the Division was able to force the crossing, capture the bridge undamaged and create a bridgehead despite the incessant Soviet counterattacks. Through the attaining of this objective, Nehring and his division facilitated the swift advance of the left wing of the Panzergruppe 2. Nehring would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross for this action.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandierenden General des Deutschen Afrika-Korps
Awarded on:
June 1942
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe (Luitenant-generaal)
Unit:
Kommandierender General des XXIV.Panzer-Korps
Awarded on:
September 2nd, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General des XXIV.Panzer-Korps / 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1944
Action:
On 24.12.1943 the Soviets broke through the front of the XXXXII. Armee-Korps at Kasatin (near Kiev). Nehring was brought to the area by airplane with the mission of stabilizing the front using whatever forces were present in the area. With these, which included badly battered divisions from his own Korps, he managed to bring the Soviet advance south of Kasatin to a halt.
Details:
383rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General des XXIV.Panzer-Korps
Awarded on:
January 22nd, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of his so called “wandering pocket” during the Soviet winter offensive of January 1945. It was one of the handful of large units that survived the initial Soviet assault, and after a difficult fighting retreat it managed to finally break through the Soviet encirclement ring on the 22.01.1945 south of Lask, immediately being redeployed in the German defense afterwards.
Details:
124th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
January 27th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1917
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Awarded on:
July 27th, 1973
Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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