Raus, Erhard

Date of birth:
January 8th, 1889 (Wolframitz/Mähren, Austria)
Date of death:
April 3rd, 1956 (Bad Gastein/Salzburg, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 6th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1941
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur 6.Schützen-Brigade / 6.Panzer-Division / XXXXI.Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
October 11th, 1941
Action:
Raus commanded a lead battalion during the early days of Barbarossa that had the aim of quickly breaking through the Soviet defensive line on the Luga river. In a daring thrust on 13-14.07.1941 Raus and his battalion were able to seize two undamaged bridges over the Pljussa at Ljday and over the Luga itself at Porietsche, thereafter creating a bridgehead. In capturing these bridges over a wide part of the river, Raus and his troops created a springboard from which the Korps was able to renew its drive towards Leningrad and outflank the heavily defended Soviet positions behind the Luga. For this act of great operational significance Raus would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
569th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 6.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
February 14th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 304/1.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierende General XI.Armeekorps / Armeeabteilung Kempf / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
August 22nd, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the XI. Armee-Korps during August 1943, in the fighting around Belgorod. In this time he was able to conduct a solid defense with his Korps and prevent an enemy breakthrough through his lines.
Details:
280th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1933
Kriegserinnerungsmedaille

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