PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Hoernlein, Walter
Date of birth: January 2nd, 1893 (Blüthen/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:  September 14th, 1961 (Köln-Merheim/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
For a wound received during the First World War on October 5th, 1914, Walter Hoerlein also received a Verwundetenabzeichen im Schwarz on May 1st, 1923.

Promotions:
10th March 1911: Fähnrich;
27th January 1912: Unteroffizier;
16th June 1913: Leutnant;
27th September 1919: Oberleutnant;
1st February 1927: Hauptmann (RDA 35);
1st October 1934: Major (RDA 18);
1st April 1937: Oberstleutnant (RDA 25);
1st April 1940: Oberst;
1st April 1942: Generalmajor;
1st January 1943: Genralleutnant;
9th November 1944: General der Infanterie.

Career:
?: 12. / 4. (Westpreussisches) Infanterie-Regiment 140;
5th October 1914 - 13th July 1918: wounded becoming POW;
3rd May 1945 - 14th April 1947: POW.
     
EHRENKREUZ FÜR FRONTKÄMPFER
Rank: Major
Unit: A. Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment Lübeck
Awarded on: December 20th, 1934
Details: Nr. 487/34.
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 4.KLASSE, 4 JAHRE
Rank: Major
Unit: Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: October 2nd, 1936
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 3.KLASSE, 12 JAHRE
Rank: Major
Unit: Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: October 2nd, 1936
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 2. KLASSE, 18 JAHRE
Rank: Major
Unit: Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: October 2nd, 1936
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 1.KLASSE, 25 JAHRE
Rank: Major
Unit: I. / Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: January 28th, 1937
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 2ER KLASSE 1914
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: October 12th, 1939
Details: Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on October 10th, 1914.
 
     
MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: I. / Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: October 28th, 1939
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: January 29th, 1940
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SCHWARZ
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: I. / Infanterie-Regiment 69
Awarded on: February 16th, 1940
Action: Awarded in recognition for a wound received on September 11th, 1939.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberst (Colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 80 / 34. Infanterie-Division / XII.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on: July 30th, 1941
Details: 399th Award.
 
     
INFANTERIE-STURMABZEICHEN
Rank: Oberst (Colonel)
Unit: Stab / Infanterie-Regiment 80
Awarded on: August 9th, 1941
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit: Kommandeur Infanterie-Division "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on: February 14th, 1943
Details: Award 304/2.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit: Kommandeur Infanterie-Division "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on: March 15th, 1943
Details: 213th Award.
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
Information source(s):   - FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
- PATZWALL, K. & SCHERZER, V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.
- Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
- Vorläufiges Besitzzeugnis DKiG, RK, EL
- Besitzzeugnis ISA, Verwundeten Schwarz
- Verleihungsurkunde EK2, Frontkämpfer, Dienst II/IV, Dienst I, 1 Oktober 1938, Spange EK2, EK1, DKiG
- Beförderungsurkunde Fähnrich, Unteroffizier, Leutnant, Hauptmann, Major, Oberstleutnant
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