Radowitz, von, Joseph "Josef"

Date of birth:
July 29th, 1899 (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Date of death:
June 1st, 1956 (Bad Wiessee, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Panzergrenadier-Regiment 28, 8. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 29th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Führer, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his outstanding leadership of the 23. Panzer-Division in the following battles…

1) Near Sandomierz around Krosno-Blizne (29.07.-01.08.1944).
2) In the offensive and defensive fighting north of and around Mielec (02.-13.08.).
3) During the Division’s operations on the north side of the Soviet Sandomierz-Baranow bridgehead (19.08.-02.09.1944).
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
During the fighting in early April 1945 the Soviets managed to break through in the Lenti-Szombathely sector in the southern part of the Eastern front. They pushed forwards along the road straddling the northern bank of the Mur river into the German bridgehead there, with the aim of destabilizing it through a deep penetration behind German forces to the north and northeast of the river.

Recognizing the danger this posed, General von Radowitz endangered his own front by cobbling together a force of Jagdpanzers, SPW and Pioniere and sending them to block the road fork east of Dobri. By this time the opponent had already captured the commanding Hill 234 and was launching an assault towards Dobri. However Radowitz’s forces had arrived in time, and despite a lack of communication with the higher headquarters Radowitz independently moved to retake the line Tornyszentmiklos-Lovasy-Szobalakos and in doing so freed up friendly forces to attack the enemy attacking near Dobri. The Soviet attack was stopped in its tracks.

The 8 German divisions north of the Mur were thus able to pull back in an orderly manner under the protection of the 23. Panzer-Division. For his role in stabilizing a potential crisis Radowitz would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
Details:
The recommendation for Joseph von Radowitz arrived at the OKH/PA/P5 on April 30th, 1945, but was apparently not prosessed. The awarding was supported by General der Artilley de Angelis and was apparently done according the Dönitz-Erlass. When counetd it would have been the 882nd Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 4th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht

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