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Misera, Walter

Date of birth:
July 14th, 1906 (Vogelsgrün/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
September 27th, 1993 (Nuremberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 20th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 16th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Bataillonskommandeur II. / Grenadier-Regiment 515 / 294. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Grenadier-Regiment 515 / 294. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1943
During a major Soviet attack on the Mius front in July 1943, Major Misera and his Bataillon defended their sector against a vastly superior foe. As the enemy brought up fresh forces, Misera got out of his trench, briefed some Sturmgeschütze nearby and with these in support launched a counterattack with his battalion. After a short but hard fight the enemy forces were crushed. For this action Misera would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer Divisions-Gruppe 95
Awarded on:
September 2nd, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
On the 28.07.1944 Misera was in command of the Divisionsgruppe 95, and following a recent retreat movement was tasked with defending the key crossroads at Seta (north of Kauen) in Lithuania. That morning the Soviets exploited the withdrawal movement being conducted by the right neighbour and following a swift attack were able to reach the north/south Zeimis-Seta road with a battalion sized battlegroup supported by a few tanks.

Recognizing the great danger this posed both for Seta and the German heavy weapons still deployed to the east of the village, Major Misera decided to assemble a counterattack force despite the heavy pressure on his own frontline. He quickly gathered up some stragglers as well as men from his own staff and moved out. Despite having only about 40 men and 5 Sturmgeschütze at his disposal he was nonetheless able to drive off the superior enemy force, free the road up and restore contact with the neighbouring unit. In the process heavy losses in men and materiel were inflicted on the enemy.

By this act the danger to Seta was removed and the defensive situation for the whole frontline of the Korpsabteilung “H” was secured. In recognition of his outstanding performance here Misera would be decorated with the Oakleaves.
569th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 278, 95. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1945
Nahkampfspange in Gold

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