Rast, Johann

Date of birth:
April 21st, 1914 (Traisen/Lower Austria, Austria)
Date of death:
August 31st, 1944 (Biedrzyow, Poland)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

His final reached rank was Oberstleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kompaniechef, 2. Kompanie, Gebirgs-Pionier-Bataillon 85, 50. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for the following actions…

1) Oberleutnant Rast was with his Pioniere on 07.04.1941 attached to the northern assault group of German troops that had been tasked with capturing the Greek mountain fortress of “Hellas” (near Nimfea). He and his men climbed the heights under fierce enemy fire, thereafter silencing the facility’s firing apertures one after another with grenades and explosive charges. This enabled the follow-on infantry forces to move forward unencumbered. More than 400 Greeks, including a General, were taken prisoner.

2) On the night of 10.04.1941, Oberleutnant Rast and an assault team crossed the 200 meter wide river of Nestos, eliminated the enemy bunkers on the far bank and was once again able to clear the way for the main contingent of German infantry.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Ski-Pionier-Bataillon 85, 1. Ski-Jäger-Brigade, Heer
Awarded on:
May 23rd, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Name in Patzwall / Scherzer is Hans.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 5th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse

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