Kayser, Walter

Date of birth:
January 8th, 1918 (Beuerbach, Germany)
Date of death:
January 9th, 2002 (Hünstetten)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

After the mandatory service in the RAD Kayser voluntarily joined the Heer in 1937 at the age of 19. He served in the 6th and 14th (Anti-Tank) Company of Infantry Regiment 111. After the beginning of the war the regiment initially fought at the Western Front. It is possible that this is where Kayser first saw action. At some point he was transferred to Grenadier Regiment 390, stationed at the northern part of the Eastern Front. Kayser was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on April 2nd, 1942, possibly during the battles at the Volkhov river. The Iron Cross 1st Class followed on March 13, 1943, possibly in the vicinity of Leningrad. Kayser was wounded (presumably) in April of 1944 while commanding the 6th Company of Grenadier Regiment 390. During the time of his recovery, he was promoted to Oberleutnant (Senior Lieutenant). Kayser eventually made it back to his unit. He was awarded the German Cross in Gold on September 2nd, 1944, "for repeated acts of bravery on the battlefields between Leningrad and Pskov, at Daugavpils (Latvia) and Bir˛ai (Lithuania)". His final known decoration was the Close Combat Clasp in Gold, which he was awarded on April 12, 1945 in the rank of Hauptmann (Captain), presumably fighting defensive battles in modern day Poland.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 13th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant d.R. (Lieuteant)
Unit:
Kompaniechef 6. / Grenadier-Regiment 390
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann d.R. (Captain)
Unit:
Kompaniechef 6. / Grenadier-Regiment 390
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1945
Nahkampfspange in Gold

Sources

  • Photo 1: (Public Domain)
  • Photo: https://www.emedals.com/the-wartime-photo-album-documents-to-dkig-gold-ccc-recipient-oberleutnant-kayser
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht.
    - Dörr M., Die träger der Nahkampfspange in Gold, Heer- Luftwaffe- Waffen-SS 1943-1945, Biblio Verlag Bisendorf, 2006.

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