- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Bataillonskommandeur / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1 “Totenkopf” / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Totenkopf” / Heeresgruppe Süd
- Awarded on:
- April 3rd, 1943
Reder’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
"SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder received orders on the 01.03.1943 to advance east with his Battalion in cooperation with the I./SS-Totenkopf Pz.Rgt. 3 through Par Schljachowaja onto Schjachowaja and then west into Jeremejewka.
The Battalion bumped into hard resistance in Par Schljachowaja. They were able to penetrate into this village after hard fighting and defended it during the night against four violent armoured counter attacks by the enemy, with only limited support.
On the 02.03.1943 the Battalion smashed strong enemy forces west of Schljachowaja in the Leninskij factory, and then defended again with only limited support against violent armoured attacks of the enemy. Despite the superhuman exertions of SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder, the enemy firmly held onto Jeremejewka. On the 03.03.1943 the men went forward again towards Jeremejewka and ventured into the western part of the town in hard street fighting. On Reder's own decision they turned to the north and northeast and destroyed and divided the strong enemy, who pulled back.
The bold attack of the Battalion, possible only through the last personally directed attack of SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder, created the prerequisite for the dividing and annihilation of the strong Russian 3rd Tank Army. The Battalion Reder itself captured or destroyed the following in these battles:
- 13 tanks
- 82 guns
- 1 Flak Battery
- 354 light vehicles
- Around 300 panje wagons
- 25 mortars
- 53 anti-tank rifles
- 25 field kitchens
- Many machine guns and over 1000 rifles
SS-Hauptsturmführer Reder, who with his Battalion was the highest example of a go-getting spirit, was heavily wounded on the 10.03.1943.
I please ask that this brave officer receive recognition for his boldness and the result associated with it by the award of the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross."