Hartmann, Walter (WH-Artillerie)

Date of birth:
July 23rd, 1891 (Mülheim an der Ruhr/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
March 11th, 1977 (Hameln/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 28th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 30th September 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 30th, 1941
151st Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Artillerie-Kommandeur 140 / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1941
Awarded for his decisive role in the successful breakthrough of the 100. (leichten) Infanterie-Division through the Stalin line at Koserowka on the 15.07.1941. Only by his directing the artillery fire from the foremost line (in the face of furious enemy fire) was it possibly to swiftly and flexibly adjust the artillery support to suit the needs of the German infantry. In the end it would help massively in enabling the Division to achieve a swift breakthrough.
409th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 87.Infanterie-Division / VI.Armee-Korps / 3.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
November 30th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for the outstanding leadership of his Division, and in particular for the following actions…

1) Leading 2 platoons of the Jäger-Bataillon 1 to Beljanskaja in order to seal off an enemy penetration, a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that he had now been amputated twice! (19.09.1943)

2) Personally leading the divisional reserve group along with 20 men of his staff against enemy forces that had moved 15 km beyond the German frontline and struck the divisional supply units on the Janowitschi-Demidow road. (23.09.1943)

3) Clearing up a dangerous situation near Tischanowo. (24.09.1943)
340th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie (Lieutenant-General of Artillerie)
Unit:
Kommandierender General VIII.Armee-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Awarded for the major part he had in ensuring the holding of the Oder front from Cosel to Oppeln (and later up to Grotkau) against strong enemy attacks near the end of January / start of February 1945. He repeatedly saw to it that potentially dangerous Soviet break-ins were swiftly dealt with by counterthrusts (which were most often quite weak). His Armee-Korps achieved great defensive successes northeast of Ratibor, between Grotkau and Neiße, and east of the Zobten river.
139th Award.

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