Valtiner, Helmuth

Date of birth:
October 7th, 1919 (Lana, Meran, Italy)
Date of death:
March 4th, 1987 (Lana, Meran, Italy)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
1./Gebirgsjager-Regiment 143
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1941
Action:
Here follows an excerpt from Valtiner's Knight's Cross recommendation.

"18.04.1941: The I. Bataillon / Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 143 was ordered to force a crossing over the river Pinios and capture the position Evangelismos. The battalion ordered the 1. Kompanie to lead the way, intending for it to have established a bridgehead on the south bank of the river by 14:00. But at the ordered time a large portion of the company had not even reached the river, only Valtiner and six men. After a brief examination of the situation he swam over the river in full combat gear with his comrades. In doing so he was able to determine the most favourable crossing point over the river, and despite strong enemy artillery, mortar and MG fire was able to hang on to a small toehold on the opposite bank. This was later exploited when the rest of 1. Kompanie arrived and led to the successful creation of the first bridgehead over the Pinios."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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