Walther, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
January 27th, 1910 (Dresden/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
November 25th, 2010 (Leimen/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
?: Gefreiter;
?: Unteroffizier;
?: Feldwebel;
1938: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
?: Hauptmann;
?: Major;
?: Oberstleutnant.

Career:
1916 - 1920: Grundschule, Dresden;
1920 - 1929: Gymnasium, Dresden;
1929 - 1933: Technisches Hochschule, Dresden;
September 1933 - oktober 1934: Baufirma "Schwenke";
November 1st, 1934 - October 30th, 1935: Kradschützen-Kompanie / Kraftfahr-Abteilung Cannstadt;
November 1st, 1935 - May 30th, 1936: Kradschützen-Kompanie / Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5;
?: Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5;
March 29th, 1940: Chef 4. / Baulehr-Bataillon zur besonderen Verwendungen 800;
1940: Führer II. Bataillon / Lehr-Regiment "Brandenburg" z.b.V. 800;
November 30th, 1941 - March 1943: Kommandeur I. Bataillon / Lehr-Regiment "Brandenburg" z.b.V. 800;
?: Führer 3. Regiment "Brandenburg" / Division "Brandenburg";
1943: Kommandeur 1. Regiment "Brandenburg" / Division "Brandenburg";
March 1945 - May 8th, 1945: Stabchef, SS-Jafgverbände.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1934
Details:
Nr. 1025.
DRL Sportabzeichen in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Stoßtruppführer, 4. Kompanie, Baulehr-Battalion z.b.V. 800 "Brandenburg", Heer
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Action:
Wilhelm Walther was awarded his Knight's Cross for capturing a strategic bridge at Gennep during the assault on the Netherlands. Leading an 8-man team disguised as Dutch military police escorting German prisoners, they made their assault seizing the bridge and disabling the detonators.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1943
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber

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