- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Regiments-Adjutant Grenadier-Regiment 11 / 14.Infanterie-Division / VI.Armee-Korps / 3.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- June 24th, 1944
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.