PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Fries, Walter
Date of birth: April 22nd, 1894 (Güsternhain/Hesse-Nassau, Germeny)
Date of death:  August 6th, 1982 (Weilburg an der Lahn/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Walter Fries served in the German Army during World War I, being
commissioned in 1915, and saw post-war service in the Police. In October
1936, Fries rejoined the army and was given command of
II./Infanterie-Regiment 15, with the rank of Major. In 1938, he was promoted
to Oberstleutnant. After service in the Polish and French Campaigns, summer
1940 found Fries as the commander of Infanterie-Regiment 87 (Motorized). It
was in this capacity that, on 14 December 1941, he was decorated with the
Knight’s Cross for his part in the success of the regiment whilst part of
Heeresgruppe Nord during the opening phases of Operation Barbarossa. Fries
then served for a short period as the Head of Instruction at Dresden
Infantry School before being appointed, in March 1943, to command the
recently formed 29. Panzergrenadier-Division. The unit fought in Sicily and
during the Italian Campaign at Salerno and Anzio. In January 1944, Fries was
decorated with the Oakleaves for his successful command of the division
during the Italian Campaign. The Swords followed in August of the same year.
In December 1944, Fries was promoted to the rank of General der Panzertruppe
and ended the war as Commanding General of XXXVI. Panzer-Korps. Fries, an
able and respected commander, survived the war and died in Weilburg in
August 1982 at the age of 88.
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 2ER KLASSE 1914
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 15 (mot.)
Awarded on: September 24th, 1939
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 1ER KLASSE 1914
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 15 (mot.)
Awarded on: October 9th, 1939
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Oberst (Colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 87 (motorisiert) / 36.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: October 9th, 1942
Details: Award 202/3.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberst (Colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 87 (motorisiert) / 36.Infanterie-Division / XXXXI.Armee-Korps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on: December 14th, 1941
Details: 721st Award.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit: Kommandeur 29.Panzergrenadier-Division / XIV.Armee-Korps / 10.Armee / Heeresgruppe C
Awarded on: January 29th, 1944
Details: 378th Award.
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Awarded on: June 28th, 1944
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Awarded on: July 29th, 1944
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB UND SCHWERTERN
Rank: Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit: Kommandeur 29.Panzergrenadier-Division
Awarded on: August 11th, 1944
Details: 87th Award.
 
     
EHRENKREUZ FÜR FRONTKÄMPFER
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 4.KLASSE, 4 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 3.KLASSE, 12 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 2. KLASSE, 18 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 1.KLASSE, 25 JAHRE
 
     
MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
 
     
SPANGE ZUR MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Willi Schumacher Collection
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