Rall, Victor

Date of birth:
November 24th, 1896 (Reutlingen/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
April 21st, 1984 (Tübingen/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän der Reserve
Unit:
Flottillenchef 15.Vorpostenflottille
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän der Reserve
Unit:
Chef 15.Vorpostenflottille
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1944
Action:
The following press article, dated 10.06.1944, describes how Rall would receive the Knight’s Cross…

“The Führer was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Korvettenkapitän der Reserve Viktor Rall, commander of a VP-Flotille on the Invasion front, for his bravery in the fighting against the enemy landing fleet. Korvettenkapitän Rall launched a raid into the Allied fleet on the first night of the Invasion, leading his own force of converted fishing boats. He fought against enemy landing craft of all types successfully while avoiding enemy 38-cm salvoes. On the second night he and his heroically fighting crews fought in further battles against overwhelming numbers of enemy destroyers and light craft, while still inflicting considerable damage to the enemy landing formations. In the following nights Rall and his Flottille continued to fight in numerous battles in the most intense moments of the fighting. Rall was born on 27.11.1896 in Reutlingen (Württemberg) and has already participated in the First World War as a Seeoffizier. Before the fighting on the Invasion front he has operated with his Flottille in the English Channel for a long time, where he protected valuable German convoys in many hard-fought night battles, safely bringing them into their intended destination harbours.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 4th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 16th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 29th, 1940
Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U-Boots-, Jagd- und Sicherungsverbände

Sources

  • - DÖRR, MANFRED, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehmacht 1939–1945, Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück, 1996.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - 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