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Gericke, Walter
* December 23rd, 1907 (Bilderlahe/Hannover, Germany):
+October 19th, 1991 (Alsfeld/Hesse, Germany)
Knight's Cross on 14 June 1941 as Hauptmann and commander of the IV./Fallschirmjäger- Sturm-Regiment
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for his efforts during the fighting at Maleme airfield in the battle of Crete. He belonged to the 4 officers that had a decisive share in the capture of the vital Hill 107.
585th Oak Leaves on 17 September 1944 as Major and commander of Fallschirmjäger- Regiment 11
Awarded for his Regiment’s defensive achievements during the fighting for the Futa Pass and the area to the north of it. The German defenders were able to hold back the advance of US troops to Bologna and the Po valley for several weeks.

585th Award.
Gericke participated in the Battle of the Netherlands and the Battle of Crete as a Battalion commander of the Fallschirmjäger. He later commanded the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 11 and fought in the defensive battles at Anzio. He joined the newly formed Bundeswehr after the rearmament of West Germany and as a Generalmajor led the 1. Luftlande-Division from 1962 to 1965.
Postwar signed photo of a Willrich card measuring 3 ½” x 5”

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