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Bacherer, Rudolf (Grenadier-Regiment 1049)

Date of birth:
June 19th, 1895 (Pforzheim/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
July 6th, 1964 (Bad Krozingen/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Rudolf Gustav Moritz Bacherer finally reached the rank of Oberst der Reserve.

Promotions:
1914: Leutnant
20.09.1935: Oberleutnant der Reserve RDA 01.06.1935
01.10.1937: Rittmeister der Reserve RDA 01.12.1936
09.12.1941: Major der Reserve RDA 01.10.1941
11.09.1942: Obertsleutnant der Reserve RDA 01.10.1942
10.07.1942: Oberst der Reserve RDA 01.05.1943

In June 1944 Bacherer was commanding the 1049th Infantry Regiment on the Western Front when Major General Rudolf Stegmann, commander of the 77th Infantry Division was killed in American air raid. Bacherer was promoted to command the division and enjoyed some early successes, capturing 250 American prisoners on 17 June and the following day broke through US lines to link up with the remnants of the LXXXIV Corps near La Haye-du-Puits. The Division however, which was already understrength when Bacherer made his advance soon suffered heavy losses as the Americans forged ahead. Bacherer was captured by American forces following the fall of Saint-Malo in 1944 and was held as a POW until 1947.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
January 27th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
July 31st, 1918
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1918
with swords
Ritter II. Klasse zu dem Orden der Löwen von Zähringen
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
1934
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister der Reserve
Unit:
Kdr, Aufklärungs-Abteilung 156, 56. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
January 29th, 1942

Award 66/38.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst der Reserve (Colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 234, 56.Infanterie-Division, XII.Armee-Korps, 4.Armee, Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
October 30th, 1943
On the 11.08.1943 Oberst Bacherer and his Regiment managed to capture almost all the Soviet strongpoints in his assigned sector, which was located within the Suchinitschi area. Two days later the Regiment came out of the forested area around Nogaja, passed through Ukolizy and reached Mysin. Here the Regiment succeeded in repulsing several Soviet tank-supported attacks before finally occupying the 5 km line Mysin—Smetskije—Wys on the 15.08.1943. Oberst Bacherer would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for his Regiment’s successes in battle during this time.

22276th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst der Reserve (Colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 1049, 77.Infanterie-Division, 7.Armee, Heeresgruppe D (West)
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1944
The following excerpt (dated 20.08.1944) describes why Bacherer was awarded the Oakleaves…

“He was a regimental commander in the 77. Infanterie-Division as it fought on the Cotentin peninsula during the middle of June 1944. In this time the Division became trapped in the peninsula after the Americans had broken through to its western coast. He took over leadership of the divisional Kampfgruppe after the fall of the divisional commander, and in this capacity he broke out towards the south as ordered. Having reached strong enemy blocking positions, he gave the order to break through despite the reservations of his commanders and the extreme exhaustion of his troops. He managed to skillfully deceive the enemy as to his axis of attack and then personally lead his Grenadiers through the enemy lines. Fighting with exemplary bravery this whole time, he succeeded in establishing contact with the German units to the south.”

550th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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