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Kirsch, Walter

Date of birth:
April 24th, 1915 (Dresden/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
September 16th, 1944 (Breslau/Silesia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Hauptmann Kirsch died of his wounds at base hospital at reserve hospital at Breslau, Silesia (today: Wroclaw/Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 7./Grenadier-Regiment 161 / 81. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
March 6th, 1944
Awarded for his achievements on the northern sector of the eastern front in late February/early March 1944. These are described in the following wartime excerpt…

“During the heavy defensive combat of recent days he held a strongpoint at a decisive location for 3 days against 19 enemy attacks in battalion-strength. Repeatedly surrounded, he broke the encirclement ring around him on his own initiative and prevented a decisive breakthrough.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Haupt, W., Die 81. Infanterie-Division: Geschichte einer schlesischen Division, Ed. Dörfler im Nebel Vlg, Eggolsheim, Germany, 2006

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