Kurt Walter

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Kurt Walter
Black-and-white portrait of a man on the phone in semi profile wearing a military uniform with an Iron Cross displayed at his neck. He is holding a cigarette in his left hand.
Born (1908-01-27)27 January 1908
Sagan in Silesia
Died 27 June 1944(1944-06-27) (aged 36)
at the Berezina River (MIA)
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1927–44
Rank Oberst
Commands held Grenadier-Regiment 11
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Kurt Walter (27 January 1908 – 27 June 1944) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Walter went missing in action on 27 June 1944 near the Berezina River.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Monday, 22 June 1942 In den Kämpfen vor Sewastopol haben sich der Führer einer aus Infanterie und Pionieren zusammengesetzten Kampfgruppe, Hauptmann Walter, und der Kommandeur eines Pionierbataillons, Hauptmann Graumann, durch besondere Tapferkeit ausgezeichnet.[6] In battle at Sevastopol, the leader of a composite infantry and pioneers combat team, Captain Walter, and the commander of a pioneer battalion, Captain Graumann, has distinguished themselves by exceptional bravery.

Notes

  1. According to Scherzer as Hauptmann.[4]

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Thomas 1998, p. 412.
  2. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 495.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 435, 507.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 767.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 75.
  6. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 171.

Bibliography

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • "Kurt Walter". World War 2 Awards.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Kurt Walter". Lexikon der Wehrmacht (in German). Retrieved 1 October 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>