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Schlags-Koch, Walter

Date of birth:
September 7th, 1898 (Hillesheim/Rhine Province, Germany)
Date of death:
October 17th, 1983 (Köln/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Walter Schlags-Koch served with the Bundeswehr after the Second World War. Here he reached the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 3rd, 1942
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Bataillonskommandeur III. / Grenadier-Regiment 365 / 211. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1943
Award 426/16.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Battaillonskommandeur III. / Grenadier-Regiment 365 / 211. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1943
2479th Award.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 365 / 211.Infanterie-Division / VIII.Armeekorps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1944
Awarded for his actions in Eastern Poland in mid-1944. On 25.07.1944, the Germans occupied a line near Sycyna and Styrzyniec, south of the road Miedzyrzec-Biala Podlaska. Due to the efforts of Major Schlags-Koch it was possible to hold the position at Biala Podlaska for three days.
3574th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Regimentskommandeur Sturm-Regiment AOK 2
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1945
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur Sturm-Regiment AOK 2 / 7.Infanterie-Division / XVIII.Gebirgs-Korps / 2.Armee
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1945
Awarded the Oakleaves for his leadership of the Sturm-Regiment AOK 2 in early 1945, as described in the following chronology…

15.01.1945 - Regiment Schlags-Koch prevents an enemy breakthrough south of Romanowo while serving in the sector of the 299. Infanterie-Division, west of Mackheim. With a sniper rifle in hand, the commander himself participated in the battle and fought with his men until the Division was able to create a new defensive line.

19.01.1945 - Schlags-Koch and his men hold the town of Kuklin, and that night succeed in breaking out in the direction of Neidenburg.

23.01.1945 - Regiment is deployed in Elbing. Schlags-Koch proves to be the soul of the defense in the western and northern areas of the city.

27.01.1945 - The Soviets begin a breakthrough in the direction of the two Elbing bridges, the only connection between the East and West portions of the city. Schlags-Koch and his staff launch a counterattack on their own initiative and are able to push the enemy back to their starting positions on the western edge of the city.

09.02.1945 - During the breakout from Elbing Schlags-Koch is in command of the rearguard. After being encircled he succeeds in leading a breakout to the East while overcoming 3 fortified enemy strongpoints in the process.

14.02.1945 - After 5 days behind enemy lines, Schlags-Koch and his troops cross over the lagoon into Kahlberg where they finally reach their own lines.
Awarding not confirmed.
When the counting would continue, this would have been the 876th Award.
Recommendation made on March 24th, 1945. The recommendation arrived at OKH / PA / P 5 on April 6th. Was resubmitted on May 5th, 1945.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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