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Gen Walter Kurt Josef Nehring

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Gen Walter Kurt Josef Nehring

  • Birth 15 Aug 1892 Germany
  • Death 20 Apr 1983 Düsseldorf, Düsseldorfer Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Burial Düsseldorf, Düsseldorfer Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Memorial ID 109070286

Born in Stretzin, West Prussia, Walter Nehring was a commander of the highest caliber, serving in the invasion of Poland, as well as under Heinz Guderian in the invasion of France, and with Erwin Rommel in Tunisia in the last phases of the North African Campaign. For his honesty and courage in opposing the reinforcement of Axis forces in Tunisia, which he viewed as a lost cause in the face of allied naval and air strength, he was dismissed and denounced as a defeatist.

This forced retirement lasted only two months.

Serving also on the Eastern Front, he commanded the XVIII Panzer Division, XXIV Panzer Corps, XXXXVIII Panzer corps, 4th Panzer Army, and 1st Panzer Army, reaching the rank of General of Panzer Troops before the end of the war.

His most significant exploit was to lead the debilitated and surrounded XXIV Pz Corps on a fighting retreat in 1945, under assault by a dozen Soviet armies, picking up spare and bedraggled German units and civilians as he went, linking up with the Grossdeutschland Pz Corps which had also been surrounded, and leading them all back across the Oder River to the German lines. Without resupply or air cover, and facing odds of up to seven-to-one, General Nehring deserved the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords which he was awarded for this achievement.

He surrendered to the US Army at the end of the war, wrote a history of German panzer forces, and died in Dusseldorf in 1983.


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  • Created by: chris allsman
  • Added: 23 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 109070286
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Walter Kurt Josef Nehring (15 Aug 1892–20 Apr 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 109070286, citing Nordfriedhof, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorfer Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany ; Maintained by chris allsman (contributor 47956502) .