Weiß, Walter

Date of birth:
September 5th, 1890 (Tilsit, Germany)
Date of death:
December 21st, 1967 (Aschaffenburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 19th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Commander 26.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 12th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his mastery of the situation during the hard fighting of his division on the 30. and 31.07.1941. Attacking from the northeast the Soviets broke through the right wing of the 14. (mot.) Infanterie-Division and forced his 26. Infanterie-Division to fight on a frontline 25km in width. However his calmness and decisiveness remained unbroken and Weiß would lead his division to victory. By the evening of the 31st of July his men were in control of the entire Sapacinaja-Dwinka sector.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst (General)
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his superb leadership of the 2. Armee following the collapse of Army Group Centre in the summer of 1944. His army gradually withdrew to the middle Narew and the attacking Soviets proved unable to achieve a breakthrough in the sector of his Armee. His achievements are recorded in the Wehrmachtbericht of 02.11.1944 as follows...
"Over the past few weeks on the Narew front the units under the command of Generaloberst Weiß have successfully fought hard defensive battles in cooperation with Luftwaffe and anti-aircraft units. They have thwarted repeated breakthrough attempts by several Soviet armies, thrown back the enemy to their starting positions in ruthless counterattacks and destroyed 609 Soviet tanks. The German troops and their leaders have thus halted the attempted Soviet operations directed against East Prussia from the southeast."
Details:
646th award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht

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