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Walter Drexler
Born (1916-09-25)September 25, 1916
Died Missing in action, presumed dead February 1945
Place of birth Ulm, Germany
Place of death Budapest, Hungary
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1938–1945
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit SS-VT
8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Close Combat Clasp in Bronze
Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze
Wound Badge in Silver
Eastern Front Medal
Anschluss Medal

Walter Drexler (25 September 1916 – February 1945) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. This was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Walter Drexler was born on the 25 September 1916, in Ulm. He volunteered to join the SS-VT (SS number 239247) and took part in the Anschluss of Austria in March 1938. During World War II he was awarded the Knight's Cross in December 1944 while in command of the 8th SS Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer. Drexler was reported missing in action presumed dead during the attempted breakout from Budapest in February 1945.

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Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Mitcham, Jr.Samuel, Retreat to the Reich, Stackpole books 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3384-X
  • Mitcham Samuel, The German Defeat in the East, 1944-45,Stackpole Books, 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3371-8
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