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Neumann-Silkow, Walter

Date of birth:
April 10th, 1894 (Groß Silkow, Germany)
Date of death:
December 9th, 1941 (Derna, Libya)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Tobruk
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberst (Colonel)
Kommandeur 8. Schützen-Brigade
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1940
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for the successful leadership of his assigned Kampfgruppe near the end of the battle of France. The following wartime excerpt summarizes his achievements as follows…

“… was already awarded the Iron Cross First Class in the Polish campaign. During the operations in the West he served as the permanent leader of the most important Kampfgruppe of a Division and accomplished his assigned missions in an outstandingly brave fashion. Always leading from the foremost line, he led his men forwards from one attack to the next and thereby had a major share in the successes of the Division.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1940
In the fighting in recent days, in fearless action in bold individual acts have particularly excelled: the colonel and commander of a rifle brigade Neumann-Silkow, the lieutenant and chief of a cavalry squadron Freiherr von Boeselager, the Lieutenant Michael in a cavalry regiment and the Lieutenant Meder in an anti-tank battalion.


  • Photo:
  • - Haupt, W., Die 8. Panzer-Division im Zweiten Weltkrieg, Podzun-Pallas, Friedberg, Germany, 1987