Schultz, Fritz-Rudolf

Date of birth:
February 19th, 1917 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
March 2nd, 2002
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
I. / Panzer-Regiment 35
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1943
Award 502/39.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Panzer-Regiment 35 / 4.Panzer-Division / LVL.Panzer-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1944
Awarded the Knight's Cross for the following actions...

1) The large numbers of tanks destroyed by his battalion in the latter half of 1943. This included totals of...
- 19 tanks on 01.08.
- 26 tanks on 02.08.
- 13 tanks on 28.08.
- 22 tanks on 19.11.

2) His battalion's successes in the defensive battles on the Desna, the Dnieper and the Ssosh rivers.

3) Further distinguished service of his troops during Operation Nikolaus (the closure of the gap between 2. and 9. Armee's on 21.12.1943) and in the defensive battle at Kalinkovitschi (08.-29.01.1944).
3002nd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve
Unit:
stellvertretender Führer Panzer-Regiment 35 / 4.Panzer-Division / XXXIX.Panzer-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
October 28th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his actions during the defensive battle at the Venta river on 09.10.1944. While in command of the armoured Kampfgruppe of the division he counterattacked a group of Soviets that had broken into the German lines and smashed them. In doing so he halted the attack of 2-3 enemy divisions, and was able to stabilize the south flank of the 4. Panzer-Division.
636th Award.
Awarded on:
December 10th, 1973
Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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
    - Ritterkreuz Archiv, I/2014, Scherzers Militaer-Verlag, Bayreuth, 2012
    - 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
    - Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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