Sandig, Rudolf

Date of birth:
September 11th, 1911 (Eppendorf/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
August 11th, 1994 (Weyhe/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 3rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
Unit:
7./LSSAH
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Majoor)
Unit:
Kommandeur II./ SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
Awarded on:
May 5th, 1943
Action:
Rudolf Sandig was an infantry battalion commander in the LSSAH division during the Third Battle of Kharkov. During this time he was recommended for the Knight’s Cross and would receive it later that spring. The documentation of his award has deteriorated somewhat with the passage of the time, but it is nonetheless possible to infer the three main actions that led to his receiving the award.

1) His defense of the airfield at Ossnovo, during which his troops inflicted heavy losses before being forced to retreat. (15/2/43)

2) The capture of the village of Ogulzy on 8th March in conjunction with Peiper’s battalion, during which his men destroyed 3 tanks and 6 AT guns. (8/3/43)

3) The successful seizure of Kharkov’s northern railway station and its approaches, again in conjunction with Peiper’s men. (11-12/3/43)

Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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