The website has become even bigger and better! WW2Awards.com has been fully merged with TracesOfWar.com. From now on, the sections Persons and Awards are available. Much more information in a larger jacket

Rantzau, von, Heino

Date of birth:
March 8th, 1894 (Karlsruhe/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
November 2nd, 1946 (POW-camp Allendorf/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
April 1st, 1942: Generalmajor;
June 1st, 1943: Generalleutnant.

Career:
1913: Armee;
1935: Luftwaffe;
August 26th, 1939 - July 5th, 1940: Kommandeur Flak-Gruppe Groß-Dessau;
July 6th, 1940 - December 11th, 1940: Kommandeur Flak-Brigade IV (Kanalküste);
December 12th, 1940 - August 8th, 1941: Kommandeur Scheinwerfer-Brigade II;
August 9th, 1941 - January 22nd, 1942: Kommandeur 2. Scheinwerfer-Division;
January 23rd, 1942 - September 30th, 1943: Kommandeur 2. Flak-Division (mot);
October 1st, 1943 - 1944: Inspekteur Flak-Artillerie Ost;
1944 - November 14th, 1944: Kampfgruppe Flak-Ausbildung;
November 15th, 1944 - March 19th, 1945: General der Flak-Artillerie, Luftgaukommando XI, Hamburg;
April 18th, 1945 - 2 november 1946: U.S. POW.

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

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 2. Flak-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-General)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 2. Flak-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 29th, 1943
Action:
The following excerpt describes how von Rantzau would receive the Knight’s Cross…

“In the heavy defensive battles during the winter of 1942/43, south of Lake Ladoga, on the Leningrad front and south of Lake Ilmen, the formations of the 2. Flak-Division (mot) have once again proven their devotion to duty through the support of Heer units. They have contributed to the fighting in both defense, counterattacks and attacks, as their successes have proven abundantly.

In the time period 01.01.1943-31.03.1943 alone the 2. Flak-Division (mot) destroyed 122 aircraft and 43 tanks. In total the same formation (and its subordinate units) has since the 25.02.1942 destroyed 262 aircraft and 68 tanks, among other things. These successes are the result of the influence of the Division commander in the leadership and training of his troops. Through his inspiring presence with the Flak troops in the foremost line, he was always the best role model of the Division in the most difficult of moments.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914

Sources

Photo