Rott, Rudolf

Date of birth:
January 21st, 1918 (St. Pölten, Austria)
Date of death:
February 12th, 1945 (Klein-Silber, Germany)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer
Unit:
1./SS-Panzer-Abteilung 11 "Hermann von Salza"
Awarded on:
December 18th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 1./SS-PzAbt 11 "Nordland"
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1945
Action:
Rott’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“On the 25.01.1945, the third day of the Fourth Battle of Courland, SS-Obersturmführer Rott distinguished himself through personal bravery and bold initiative.

At 09:00 the enemy attacked Stalgi from the area southwest of Purmsati with strong forces. At the time Rott had 5 AFVs under his command, 2 of his own and 3 Sturmgeschütze on loan from the Wehrmacht. He constructed a fire-front near Stalgi and support the firefight of the infantry. As our infantry were forced to retreat in the face of the strong enemy attack, Rott jumped out of his Sturmgeschütz. He collected the fleeing Grenadiers and personally led them to a new defensive line on the hill where his Sturmgeschütz was. Although 4 Sturmgeschütze were no longer operational at this time, Rott let them stay in the forward line to give the Grenadiers a morale boost.

During the moment of the infantry’s retreat Rott clearly realized that the intended on a breakthrough towards Adini and the crossings over the Vartava river. Without the active intervention of Rott, the enemy would have pulled off this breakthrough. For his personal bravery and self-reliant initiative, which was of far-reaching tactical importance, Rott appears to be worthy of wearing the Knight’s Cross.”
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht - Microfilm Publication A3343. US National Archives.