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Grohe, Walter

Date of birth:
September 22nd, 1915 (Freiburg/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
October 25th, 1944 (Königsberg/Eastern Prussia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

In service from 2nd November 1944.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 19th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1943
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 49
Awarded on:
February 10th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer I. / Panzer-Regiment 35 / 4.Panzer-Division / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1944
Awarded for the successes of his Abteilung during the fighting of the 4. Panzer-Division in August-September 1944. It particularly distinguished itself on the 19.08.1944, when the Regiment destroyed 27 tanks, 2 assault guns and 7 anti-tank guns of the enemy without friendly armour losses. Two days later it engaged a strong enemy tank force north of Levalaisi and destroyed 7 of 15 Soviet IS-2 tanks. Later, on the 27.08.1944, the Abteilung captured the villages of Pukes and Pluki as part of Kampfgruppe Hoffmann.

In total the Abteilung destroyed a total of 237 Soviet AFVs and 204 anti-tank guns/artillery pieces in August. In September it would go on to destroy another 28 AFVs and 131 anti-tank guns/artillery pieces. Grohe and his Abteilung had a major share in these successes.
Submitted on October 17th 1944.
Preliminary document and decoration on October 30th 1944 to AOK 18.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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