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Walter Nehring
15 August 1892(1892-08-15) – 20 April 1983 (aged 90)

Nehring (right) with Field Marshal Walter Model (centre) in 1944.
Place of birth Stretzin, Schlochau
Place of death Düsseldorf
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Reichswehr
Heer (Wehrmacht)
Years of service 1911–1945
Rank General der Panzertruppe
Commands held 18. Panzer Division, Afrika Korps, XXIV Panzer Corps, Fourth Panzer Army, 1st Panzer Army
Battles/wars World War I

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Walther Kurt Josef Nehring (15 August 1892 - 20 April 1983), was a German general of World War II, known for his involvement with the Afrika Korps.


Early life

Walther Nehring was born on 15 August 1892 in Stretzin district of West Prussia. Nehring was the descendant of a Dutch family who had fled the Netherlands to escape religious persecution in the seventeenth century. His father was a schoolteacher and officer of the Military Reserve. While Nehring was still a child the family moved to Danzig.[1]

World War I

Nehring joined the military service on 16 September 1911 in the Infanterie-Regiment 152. He became a commissioned Leutnant on 18 December 1913.[2]

World War II

During the invasion of Russia, Nehring served under Heinz Guderian.

Walther Nehring (right), Fritz Bayerlein (left) and Erwin Rommel at a meeting before the attack on Tobruk, April 1942

He later took command of the Afrika Korps in May 1942 and took part in the Battle of Alam Halfa (August 31 - September 7, 1942), during which he was wounded in an air raid. Between November and December 1942, he commanded the German contingent in Tunisia.

After North Africa, Nehring was posted to the Eastern Front where he commanded the XXIV Panzer Corps, and from July to August 1944 the Fourth Panzer Army. In March 1945, just before the end of the war, he was made commander of the 1st Panzer Army.

Following the end of the war, General Nehring wrote a comprehensive history of the German panzer forces from 1916 to 1945, Die Geschichte der deutschen Panzerwaffe 1916 bis 1945.




  1. ^ Mitcham 2007, p. 81.
  2. ^ Williamson and Bujeiro 2005, p. 16.
  3. ^ a b c d Berger 2000, p. 241.
  4. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 563.
  • Berger, Florian (2000). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges. Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 3-9501307-0-5.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Mitcham, Samuel W. (2007). Rommel's Desert Commanders — The Men Who Served the Desert Fox, North Africa, 1941–42. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-3510-9.
  • 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.
  • Williamson, Gordon & Bujeiro, Ramiro (2005). Knight's Cross and Oak Leaves Recipients 1941-45. Osprey Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84176-642-9.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 18. Panzer-Division
26 October 1940 - 26 January 1942
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Karl Freiherr von Thüngen
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Ludwig Crüwell
Commander of Afrika Korps
9 March 1942 - 18 March 1942
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Ludwig Crüwell
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Ludwig Crüwell
Commander of Afrika Korps
29 May 1942 - 30 August 1942
Succeeded by
Oberst Fritz Bayerlein
Preceded by
Generaloberst Josef Harpe
Commander of 4. Panzer-Armee
28 June 1944–5 August 1944
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Hermann Balck
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Hermann Balck
Commander of XLVIII Panzer Corps
August 4, 1944 - August 19, 1944
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Fritz-Hubert Gräser
Preceded by
Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici
Commander of 1. Panzer-Armee
19 March 1945 - 3 April 1945
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Hasse


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