Nehring, Walther Kurt
* August 15th, 1892 (Stretzin/West Prussia, Germany)
+ April 20th, 1983 (Düsseldorf/North Rhine-Westphalia, Duitsland)
Knights Cross: July 24th, 1941
As: Generalmajor Kommandeur 18.Panzer-Division / Panzergruppe 2 / Heeresgruppe Mitte
On the 01-02.07.1941 the 18. Panzer-Division achieved a great success near Borissow which was of great importance for the continuation of the German operations in the area, made possible only by Nehring’s well honed skill as a commander. Here the Soviets attempted to prevent the Division from crossing over the Beresina river by committing their elite troops taken from Moscow as well as large tank forces. Their efforts were however in vain, as the Division was able to force the crossing, capture the bridge undamaged and create a bridgehead despite the incessant Soviet counterattacks. Through the attaining of this objective, Nehring and his division facilitated the swift advance of Panzergruppe 2’s left wing. Nehring would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross for this action.
Nehring was born on 15 August 1892 in Stretzin, West Prussia. Nehring was the descendant of a Dutch family who had fled the Netherlands to escape religious persecution in the seventeenth century. His father, Emil Nehring, was an estate owner and officer of the Military Reserve. While Nehring was still a child the family moved to Danzig.
Nehring joined the military service on 16 September 1911 in the Infanterie-Regiment 152. He became a commissioned Leutnant on 18 December 1913.
On 26 October 1940 he received command of the 18th Panzer Division at Chemnitz, which he commanded during the operations Barbarossa and Typhoon. The division led by Nehring stands accused of war crimes by numerous accounts.
Nehring took command of the Afrika Korps in May 1942 and took part in the last major Axis offensive (Operation Brandung) of the Western Desert campaign and the subsequent Battle of Alam Halfa (31 August - 7 September 1942), during which he was wounded in an air raid. Between November and December 1942, he commanded the LXXXX Army Corps, the German contingent in Tunisia.
After North Africa, Nehring was posted to the Eastern Front where he commanded first the XXIV Panzer Corps, and then from July to August 1944 the Fourth Panzer Army. Nehring then returned to the XXIV in August 1944 and led the Corps until March 1945 when he was made commander of the 1st Panzer Army. During 1944 he was also the commanding officer of the XXXXVIII Panzer Corps.
Following the end of the war, Nehring wrote a comprehensive history of the German panzer forces from 1916 to 1945, Die Geschichte der deutschen Panzerwaffe 1916 bis 1945. He also wrote the foreword to Len Deighton's Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk.
Postwar signed note dated 1976 with UNSIGNED PHOTO
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