Walterbach, Bernhard

Date of birth:
October 30th, 1918 (Rheine/Westernphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
July 26th, 1997 (Rheine/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Bernhard Walterbach, finally reached the rank of Leutnant der Reserve.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Zugführer 2. / Pionier-Bataillon 253
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1943
Action:
Awarded for actions in the fighting near Orel in September 1943. After his company commander had fallen Walterbach took over his then platoon strength company and then launched a counterattack at a critical breach in the German line. They sealed it off and captured or killed the Soviets that had broken in.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 16th, 1942
Details:
Silvio version
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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