Peter, Rudolf

Date of birth:
December 1st, 1923 (Vienna, Austria)
Date of death:
October 5th, 2019 (Vienna, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
Gruppenführer 2./Genadier-Regiment 307
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1944
Action:
During the German retreat through Finland, north of Rovaniemi, a Soviet Brigade came out of nowhere and ambushed the I./Gr.Rgt. 307 while it was marching along an ice road. Recognizing the dangerous situation for the whole battalion, Obergefreiter Peter quickly mustered 4 Grenadiers from his squad and was among the first Germans to meet the Soviet attack with aggressive action. He and his men captured a small hill and held it against fierce enemy attacks. Despite being vastly outnumbered, this small group inflicted heavy losses on the opponent and did not yield their position. This act enabled the rest of the Battalion to reorganize and defeat the attacking Soviet brigade.

In recognition for this valiant and decisive act, which cost him wounds in the foot and face, Peter would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
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