Truxa, Rolf

Date of birth:
June 6th, 1921 (Berlin-Schöneberg/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 3rd, 1983 (Merzig an der Saar/Saarland, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
2. Batterie, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 190, Heer
Awarded on:
October 29th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. Batterie, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 190, Heer
Awarded on:
August 18th, 1943
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer, 2. Batterie, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 190, Heer
Awarded on:
December 17th, 1943
Action:
During the German attempt to recapture the city of Newel Oberleutnant Truxa and his Sturmgeschütze had the mission of supporting the infantry of the 252. Infanterie-Division. After overcoming the Soviet minefields the German infantry became pinned down in their efforts to take the high ground at Sui Shmotki. At this point Truxa and his Sturmgeschütze were able to rally the attackers and then proceeded to capture the heights in a sharp, aggressive attack. This enabled the German attack to proceed once again and by evening the Soviets had been pushed back 6 km. Despite the overall failure of the German assault Truxa was nonetheless decorated for the Knight's Cross for his achievements in the attack.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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