Hünersdorff, von, Walther

Date of birth:
November 28th, 1898 (Cairo, Egypt)
Date of death:
July 17th, 1943 (Kharkiv, Ukraine, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes (1a) II. Armeekorps
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes (1a) II. Armeekorps
Awarded on:
May 27th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst i.G. (Colonel)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes der Panzergruppe 3.
Awarded on:
January 26th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
December 22nd, 1942
Action:
Awarded for the outstanding leadership of his Panzer-Regiment during the German Operation Winter Storm. Attacking from Kotelnikowo, Hünersdorff and his Panzers accomplished a number of notable successes that climaxed with the seizure of a bridgehead over the Myschkowa, just 48 km from Stalingrad. Despite the ultimate failure of the operation, Hünersdorff was still deemed worthy of the Knight’s Cross for doing all in his power with the resources he had.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 6. Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his achievements as the commander of the 6. Panzer-Division during Operation Citadel in the time period 05.-09.07.1943. The following press article, dated 18.07.1943, describes one of the most important actions that led to his receiving the Oakleaves…

“On the 08.07.1943 Generalmajor von Hünersdorff, commander of the (6.) Panzer-Division, succeeded in breaking through a heavily defended enemy anti-tank ditch position northeast of Belgorod. Exploiting his success, he brought up his and a subordinated Lower-Saxonian Panzer-Regiment (which was subordinated to him) and launched a bold thrust towards the northeast on his own initiative. During this armoured charge his force stormed an important village while also destroying 20 Soviet tanks and 30 heavy anti-tank guns. He was as always an inspiring example of bravado to his Panzergrenadiers during this time.”

Notes: The subordinated Panzer-Regiment belonged to the 19. Panzer-Division, and the village referred to in the article was Melichewo.
Details:
259th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)

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