Rocholl, Rolf

Date of birth:
December 8th, 1918 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
August 23rd, 1943 (Isjum/Ukrain, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 5, 21. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer, 2. Kompanie, I. Abteilung, 5. Panzer-Regiment, 21. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1942
Action:
During the attack of the 21. Panzer-Division against the Via Balbia (linking Gazala and Tobruk), Oberleutnant Rocholl was the leader of a reinforced Panzer-Abteilung. On this day he identified a strong English strongpoint, reinforced with artillery and heavy Flak, located on Hill 201 (west of Acroma). From here the English could inflict heavy flanking fire on the advancing German forces and threaten the execution of the planned attack.

In response Rocholl immediately redirected his forces to capture this position, which they succeeded in doing after a hard fight. Through this it was possible for the Division to block the Via Balbia road and thus complete the encirclement of the Gazala line. For his actions Oberleutnant Rocholl would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 569, 328. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for preventing a Soviet breakthrough near Izyum with his battalion on the 23.08.1943. During a counterattack he was shot twice in the chest and fatally wounded. He would thus receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross posthumously.
Details:
287th Award.
Awarded posthumously.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)

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