- Published: 02 December 2011 02 December 2011
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Under the command of Otto Ernst Remer the battalion played an important part in preventing the men behind the July 20 1944 attempt on Hitlers life from taking control of key buildings in Berlin.
In recognition of his role in crushing the attempted coup Otto Ernst Remer was promoted to Oberst the following day and the battalion was expanded to Wach-Regiment Großdeutschland on 1 November 1944.
Otto Ernst Remer being interviewed by the Großdeutscher Rundfunk after events of the 20th July 1944
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Sources usedSamuel W. Mitcham - Panzers in winter: Hitler's army and the Battle of the Bulge
Helmuth Spaeter - The history of Panzerkorps Großdeutschland
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Gordon Williamson - German Commanders of World War II