- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
- Führer, 2. Kompanie, I. Abteilung, 5. Panzer-Regiment, 21. Panzer-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- July 28th, 1942
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.