5 August 1903|
Gorden by Falkenberg, Province of Saxony
|Died||26 December 1947
Camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Thuringia
|Allegiance|| Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1924-1945|
|Commands held||I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Division 2 "Hermann Göring"
|Awards||Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords|
Erich Walther (5 August 1903 – 26 December 1947) was a German general of the Fallschirmjäger who served during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Military career 
Erich Walther joined the Berlin Police on 1 April 1924 as a police cadet. In 1933 he transferred to the Wecke State Police group as a Leutnant and on 1 October 1935 became commander of the 3rd Company, General Göring Regiment. In May of that year he completed the parachute course and was subsequently promoted to Hauptmann.
In the Battle of the Netherlands Walther and his I Battalion, 1st Parachute Regiment parachuted into the Netherlands near Dordrecht. From 27 May 1940 Walther participated in the Norwegian Campaign in support of the 3rd Mountain Infantry Division. General Eduard Dietl personally thanked Walther for his decisive contribution to victory in Norway. On 19 June 1940 he was promoted to Major.
Walther fought on the Eastern front in Russia in the defensive battle near Leningrad and was awarded the German Cross in Gold for his actions there. On 20 April 1942 Walther was promoted to Oberst and in September appointed commanding officer of the 4th Parachute Regiment.
Walther saw action in the west as commander of the Divisional Battle Group Walther. At Nijmegen and Arnhem during the Allied Operation Market Garden he successfully defended against the airborne landings. Walther subsequently assumed command of the Hermann Göring 2nd Parachute Panzer-Grenadier Division in East Prussia. Promoted to Generalmajor on 30 January 1945 he was taken prisoner of war by the Red Army on 8 May 1945. He died at Buchenwald concentration camp on 26 December 1947.
- Wound Badge in Black
- "Crete" Cuffband
- Narvik Shield
- Iron Cross (1939)
- German Cross in Gold (31 March 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
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|Commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4
17 September 1942 – 15 March 1944
Major Franz Graßmel
Oberst Helmut Hufenbach
|Commander of Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Division 2 "Hermann Göring"
March 1945 – 8 May 1945