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Kranz, Rudolf

Date of birth:
December 27th, 1911 (Zarben/Pommerania, Germany)
Date of death:
October 22nd, 1979 (Rheinbach/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
December 1st, 1937: Leutnant;
?: Oberleutnant;
?: Hauptmann;
?: Major.

Career:
?: Artillerie-Regiment 32;
?: Adjutant II. / Artillerie-Regiment 68;
?: Führer Sturmgeschüts-Brigade 249;
October 1944 - January 1st, 1945: Kommandeur, Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 249;
November 8th, 1944 - March 4th, 1945: Kommandeur Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 236;
1956: Bundeswehr;
1959: Kommandeur Panzer-Bataillon 14;
1963: BMVg, Bonn.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 249, III. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 249, XIII. Armeekorps, Heer
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1944
Awarded for the successes of his Sturmgeschütz-Brigade in support of German and Hungarian infantry formations during the defensive battles for the passes in the Bieszczady region. The Axis managed to prevent an enemy breakthrough into Slovakia, while inflicting losses of 442 tanks in this sector during four weeks of fighting. Kranz and his Sturmgeschütze contributed significantly to this outcome.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 2nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1944
Kubanschild

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