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Tolsdorff, Theodor

Date of birth:
November 3rd, 1909 (Lehnarten/Eastern-Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
May 25th, 1978 (Barmen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Chef 14. / Infanterie-Regiment 22 / 1.Infanterie-Division / I.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
December 4th, 1941
Details:
700th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
I. / Infanterie-Regiment 22
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1942
Details:
Award 166/4
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Füsilier-Regiment 22 / 1.Infanterie-Division / XXVI.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1943
Details:
302nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1944
Action:
The brave garrison of the old Lithuanian capital Vilnius, led by their commander Stahel under orders broke through the Soviet encirclement after five days of resistance against superior enemy forces and fought through to the in the west waiting German troops under the command of Colonel Tolsdorf (sic). Duty and steadfastness of these combat troops deserve the highest recognition. In this battle for the city a Luftwaffe flak unit under command of Captain Müller has also distinguished itself.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 1067 (Heerestruppe)
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Simultanious promoted to Oberst,
Details:
80th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 340.Volks-Grenadier-Division / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1945
Details:
25th Award.
Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Lexikon der Wehrmacht
    - Wehrmacht Awards.com

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