Walther von Hünersdorff
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|Walther von Hünersdorff|
28 November 1898|
|Died||17 July 1943
field hospital at Charkow
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1915–1943|
|Commands held||6. Panzer-Division|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Walther von Hünersdorff (28 November 1898 – 17 July 1943) was a German Generalleutnant serving 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.
During the First World War von Hünersdorff entered the German army in 1915 and fought on the Western front. He was promoted to lieutenant in October 1916. After the German capitulation, he remained in the Reichswehr. Von Hünersdorff was promoted to first lieutenant in 1925, captain in 1933, major in 1936 and lieutenant-colonel in 1938. At the start of the Second World War von Hünersdorff served on the staff of the 253rd Infantry Division but on October 25, 1939 he was transferred to the staff of the II Army Corps. On September 12, 1940 he was made chief of staff of the XV Army Corps. With XV Army Corps part of Panzergruppe 3, von Hünersdorff served during Operation Barbarossa. Von Hünersdorff was promoted to colonel on July 1, 1941. On July 1, 1942 von Hünersdorff was given command of Panzer-Regiment 11 (part of the 6th Panzer Division). With this unit he served with distinction in the German attempts to relief the encircled Sixth Army in Stalingrad. In February 1943 von Hünersdorff took over command of the 6th Panzer Division and in May 1943 he was promoted to major general.
During the battle of Kursk von Hünersdorff was wounded near Belgorod by a Red Army sniper on 13 July 1943. A fragment of his steel helmet penetrated into his brain. The surgeon Oberstabsarzt of the Reserves Tönnis of the Luftwaffe attempted to save his life before he succumbed to his injuries on 17 July 1943. He was buried at the Military Cemetery at Charkow. The eulogy was held by Hermann Hoth and last honors by Erich von Manstein. Von Hünersdorff was posthumously promoted to lieutenant general.
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Cross of Honor
- Iron Cross (1939)
- Panzer Badge
- Eastern Front Medal
- German Cross in Gold (26 January 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Thomas 1997, p. 311.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 409.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
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- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2299-6.
- Media related to Walther von Hünersdorff at Wikimedia Commons
- Walther von Hünersdorff @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Walther von Hünersdorff @ Geocities.com
Generalleutnant Erhard Raus
|Commander of 6. Panzer Division
7 February 1943 – 17 July 1943
Generalmajor Wilhelm Crisolli