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Walther Risse

Walther Risse
Born 13 December 1892
Died 21 June 1965(1965-06-21) (aged 72)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 225. Infanterie Division

World War I
World War II

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

Walther Risse (13 December 1892 – 21 June 1965) was a German general who commanded the 225. Infantry Division during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves were awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
28 December 1944 (Addendum) In den harten Kämpfen der dritten Kurlandschlacht haben sich die norddeutsche 225. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Generalleutnant Risse und die pommersche 12. Panzerdivision unter Führung von Generalleutnant Freiherr von Bodenhausen durch hervorragende Standhaftigkeit ausgezeichnet.[3] In tough combat of the third Courland battle, the North German 225th Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant General Risse and the Pomeranian 12th Armored Division, led by Lieutenant General Freiherr von Bodenhausen, have shown outstanding steadfastness.


  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 293.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 79.
  3. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 383.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuzträger 1939-1945
  • World War 2
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hans von Baße
Commander of 225. Infanterie-Division
25 September 1942 - 24 March 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Karl Wingerst
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl Wingerst
Commander of 225. Infanterie-Division
25 July 1944 - May 1945
Succeeded by

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