Rappard, von, Fritz-Georg Hugo Karl

Date of birth:
August 15th, 1892 (Sögeln/Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 31st, 1946 (Velikiye Luki/Pskov Oblast, Russia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on November 11th 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on July 31st 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 7.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1944
Details:
Award 579/4
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 31st, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 7.Infanterie-Division / XX.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the 7. Infanterie-Division during its defensive actions along the lower Narew and along the Bug river. While positioned behind the latter river the Division achieved an outstanding defensive success on 25.08.1944 near Wywloka and Turzyn.
Details:
3860th Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 7.Infanterie-Division / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Weichsel
Awarded on:
February 24th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his command achievements during the Soviet winter offensive of 1945. During the opening days of the offensive his men fought valiantly against the enemy onslaught, destroying 50 enemy tanks on the 14th of January, 48 on the 15th and 120 on the 16th. After the fighting near Zichenau the Division was forced to pull back to the Nogat sector.

With hastily cobbled forces von Rappard was able to repel enemy attacks at Marienburg and Elbing via counterattacks of his own. On 10.02.1945 the Division then assumed control of the rest of Kampfgruppe Schoepffer, which had defended Elbing until then. von Rappard was after this able to prevent an enemy breakthrough to Danzig with his Division.
Details:
751st Award.
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
November 11th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
July 31st, 1916
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)

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