Rodt, Eberhard

Date of birth:
December 4th, 1895 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
December 14th, 1979 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Finally became Generalleutnant. Eberhard Rodt was buried in Ansbach, Bavaria.

Do you have more information about this person? Inform us!

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 21st, 1940
Action:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on July 30th 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 21st, 1940
Action:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class August 10th 1918.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Aufklärungs-Abteilung 25 / 56.Infanterie-Division / IX.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for actions during the Western Campaign of 1940. On 23.05.1940 Oberstleutnant Rodt received the mission of taking his Aufklärungs-Abteilung towards the city of Ghent, in order to reconnoitre the bridge site and capture the structures there. At the head of an assault team of 40 men, Rodt found the structures destroyed by the enemy. Nevertheless he and his troops climbed over the blasted bridge and entered Ghent. The sudden appearance of German troops here was a surprise to the defenders, and Rodt’s party was able to secure the surrender of 300 men from the Belgian garrison as well as an enemy armoured train. This triggered a chain reaction for the rest of the town’s defenders, 9000 in all, who would immediately surrender to Rodt’s battalion. For achieving the relatively bloodless capture of Ghent Rodt received the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
98th Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Schützen-Brigade 22, 22. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 166/2
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 13th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 15.Panzer-Grenadier-Division / II.Fallschirm-Korps / Fallschirm-Armee / Heeresgruppe Nordwest
Awarded on:
April 28th, 1945
Action:
Awarded for his success as commander of the 15. Panzergrenadier-Division along the Lower Rhine front in early 1945. He particularly distinguished himself during an attempted allied breakthrough of the German frontline Borken-Ramsdorf, east of Borken, on the night of 28/29.03.1945.

During this battle, Rodt would on his own initiative commit the bulk of his division to this sector, despite the resultant weakening of his western wing along the line Rhede-Borken. Rodt accepted this risk, as it was the only way to prevent the Allies from smashing the front east of Borken. His gamble paid off, with he himself overseeing the transfer of troops as well as the fighting itself, and the Allied breakthrough attempt came to nought. Rodt thus contributed decisively to the continuation resistance of the II. Fallschirm-Korps, all while demonstrating a great deal of personal bravery in the process.
Details:
847th Award.
The 843rd Award was the last official numbered Eichenlaub during Ww2. The number given to Eberhard Rodt is based on the award date.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

Photo