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Rittberg, Graf von, Georg (88. Inf.Div.)

Date of birth:
May 30th, 1898 (Straßburg/Alsace, Germany)
Date of death:
June 6th, 1973 (Krün/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
Generalleutnant.: 1.Aug.1944;
Generalmajor.: 1.Feb.1944;
Oberst: 1.Oct.1941;
Oberstleutnant.: 1.Apr.1939

Assignments:
Kdr. 88.Infanterie-Division: 12.Nov.1943 - 8.Jan.1945
Kdr. Grenadier-Regiment 2: 1.Apr.1943 - Jul.1943
Arko 23: 1.Dec.1943 - 1.Apr.1943
Kdr. Artillerie-Regiment 131: 1.Oct.1940 - 1.Dec.1942
Kdr. Artillerie-Regiment 31: 10.May.1940 - 1.Oct.1940
Adjutant to Wehrmacht Bevollmächtiger Böhmen und Mähren: 1.Apr.1939 - 10.May.1940
Kdr. III./Artillery-Regiment 23: 1.Oct.1935 - 1.Apr.1939
Reichsheer
Commissioned Leutnant in Fa.R. 61: 1.May.1915
Kadett, then entered service as Fähnrich on 8.Aug.1914

Postwar Captivity:
POW of Soviet Union: 27.Jan.1945 - 9.Oct.1955

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class in June 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class in October 1917.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment 131
Awarded on:
January 29th, 1942
Award 66/8
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 88.Infanterie-Division / 8.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
February 21st, 1944
Awarded for his role in commanding part of the rearguard during the breakout of German forces from the Cherkassy pocket. During this time he helped shield the flanks and rear of the retreating German divisions before breaking out with his own troops following an energetically-led attack along the line Dshurshenzy-Potschapinzy.
2743rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1944
The Frankish-Sudeten German 88th Infantry Division under the command of Major General von Rittberg in the northern sector of the eastern front and the Rhenish-Westphalian 329th Infantry Division under the leadership of Lieutenant General Mayer in the southern sector distinguished themselves by showing hardship and toughness.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1944
In the fierce defensive battles in the great bend of the Vistula, the under the command of General of Infantry Recknagel standing Franco-Sudeten 88th Infantry Division, led by Major General Graf von Rittberg and the Hessian-Moselle 72nd Infantry Division under the leadership of Major General Hohn, have excelled themselves by showing unshakeable courage in battle and bold recklessness.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 88.Infanterie-Division / XXXXII.Armee-Korps / 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Nordukraine
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his leadership of the 88. Infanterie-Division during the fighting in the summer of 1944, especially during August while operating in the great Vistula bend. Here his men managed to throw back the Soviets in places and build up defensive positions south of Opatow (on the northern flank of the Baranow bridgehead), holding these against numerous attacks.
610th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1917
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)

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