Rust, Wolfgang Gottfried Joachim

Date of birth:
September 15th, 1919 (Greifswald/Pommerania, Germany)
Date of death:
December 15th, 2007 (Braunschweig/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 9th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
13. / Grenadier-Regiment 11 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
December 8th, 1942
Details:
Award 249/7.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 5th, 1943
Details:
2562nd Award.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Regiments-Adjutant Grenadier-Regiment 11 / 14.Infanterie-Division / VI.Armee-Korps / 3.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1944
Action:
During the battles for Vitebsk in the winter of 1943-44, on 10.02.1944, the II./Grenadier-Regiment 11 under the leadership of its new acting commander, Hauptmann Rust, was able to prevent a roll-up of the German bridgehead at Nowiki by holding the vital Lutschessa sector against all enemy attacks. The following night an enemy regiment overran the neighbouring battalion and rolled up the left flank of Rust’s battalion from the rear. In response Hauptmann Rust took control of the neighbouring battalion, an Alarm-Pionier-Kompanie, the regimental Pionier-Zug and the regiment Radfahr-Zug. With these forces Hauptmann Rust prevented this enemy thrust from breaking through to the Orsha-Vitebsk railway line.

For his achievements during this battle Rust would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
3234th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Grenadier-Regiment 11 / 14.Infanterie-Division / XXVI.Armee-Korps / 4.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his achievements during the fighting for East Prussia between Narew and Heilsberger Dreieck in the time period January-February 1945. Among other things he along with a messenger wiped out the crew of a Soviet gun and were able to capture it. Three days later, in the forests south of Wormditt, he and 15 men were able to eliminate an enemy break-in through a successful night counterattack. By this action the hole in the German front was closed, and for minimal losses Rust and his men were able to capture numerous prisoners, AT guns and heavy mortars.
Details:
771st Award.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Bender R.J., Breyette T., Tank Killers, RJ Bender Publications, 2000, ISBN 0-912138-83-1
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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