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Walter Neumann-Silkow
Born (1894-04-10)10 April 1894
Died 9 December 1941(1941-12-09) (aged 47)
Place of birth Groß Silkow
Place of death Derna, Libya
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1912–1941
Rank Generalleutnant (Posthumously)
Commands held 8. Panzer-Division
15. Panzer-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter Neumann-Silkow (10 April 1894 – 9 December 1941) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Walter Neumann-Silkow died of wounds on 9 December 1941 at a military hospital in Derna, Libya. He was posthumously promoted to Generalleutnant.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Saturday, 22 June 1940 In den Kämpfen der letzten Tage haben sich durch unerschrockenen Einsatz in kühnen Einzeltaten besonders hervorgetan: der Oberst und Kommandeur einer Schützenbrigade Neumann-Silkow, der Oberleutnant und Chef einer Reiterschwadron Freiherr von Boeselager, der Leutnant Michael in einem Reiterregiment und der Leutnant Meder in einer Panzerjägerabteilung.[2] In the fighting in recent days, in fearless action in bold individual acts have particularly excelled: the colonel and commander of a rifle brigade Neumann-Silkow, the lieutenant and chief of a cavalry squadron Freiherr von Boeselager, the Lieutenant Michael in a cavalry regiment and the Lieutenant Meder in an anti-tank battalion.

References

Citations
  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 265.
  2. Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, p. 225.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • 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.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 1, 1. September 1939 bis 31. Dezember 1941 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

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Military offices
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppe Erich Brandenberger
Commander of 8. Panzer-Division
21 February 1941 – 26 May 1941
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppe Erich Brandenberger
Preceded by
Generalmajor Hans-Karl Freiherr von Esebeck
Commander of 15. Panzer-Division
26 May 1941 – 6 December 1941
Succeeded by
Oberst Erwin Menny


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