Walter von Wietersheim

Walter von Wietersheim
Born (1917-11-29)29 November 1917
Barzdorf, Lower Silesia
Died 19 January 2002(2002-01-19) (aged 84)
Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1936-1945
Rank Major
Commands held II. Company/Panzer Regiment Großdeutschland

World War II

  • Jassy–Kishinev Offensive
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter von Wietersheim, (29 November 1917 - 19 January 2002), was an officer of the German Army during World War II.

He served as commander of the II. Company/Panzer Regiment Grossdeutschland with the rank of Hauptmann in May 1944, when Grossdeutschland was heavily involved in defensive actions on the Eastern Front. Still a very powerful formation despite gruelling years of war and heavy losses, the Division was being used in rearguard actions to cover the withdrawal of retreating units. The Division carried out its tasks so successfully that it was even able to counter-attack Soviet forces in some areas.

As the Soviets closed in on the Romanian town of Iaşi, Grossdeutschland found itself in a perfect position for a flank attack on the enemy. This was a great success and the Soviets were forced back through the town of Targul Frumos and beyond. This was only be a temporary respite though and strong Soviet forces were eventually able to push back the Grossdeutschland regiment and gathered for a massed offensive. Aware of this, Grossdeutschland's tanks pre-empted the Soviet attack with a surprise attack which resulted in the destruction of much Soviet equipment. A further Soviet attack was launched in late April, but after a few days of fighting, it was halted with the Soviets being destroyed by the Grossdeutschland's Panther and Tiger tanks.

On 2 May, a further Soviet attack was launched. Again the German forces were waiting. As the Soviets attacked, their infantry were defeated by the waiting German grenadiers. This left the Soviet Armour with no infantry support and it fell prey to Grossdeutschland's hidden 88 mm guns, Tigers and Sturmgeschütz guns.

Walter Von Wietersheim was personally responsible for the destruction of 14 enemy tanks, 6 anti-tank guns and 2 artillery pieces. For this achievement he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 15 May 1944.[1]

He died on 19 January 2002, at the age of 84.


See also


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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.

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