Rennecke, Rudolf

Date of birth:
June 19th, 1915 (Leipzig, Germany)
Date of death:
March 3rd, 1986 (Bad Reichenhall, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
Adj. Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1938
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 16th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 16th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 7th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 20th, 1943
Ärmelband Kreta
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1942
Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his success as Kampfkommandant of Cassino beginning on 25.02.1944. He particularly distinguished himself during the fighting in March (beginning on 19.03.1944). In a critical situation he took control over all combat-capable forces in the city, employed them with great skill and ultimately mastered the situation in favour of the defenders.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Commander Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his skillful leadership of the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 beginning on 20.06.1944. He distinguished himself during the difficult defensive battles of the following months around Lake Trasimene, the battles by the Adriatic sea and around Bologna.

He also proved himself a wise commander during the autumn battles around Rimini. Here he prevented the senseless destruction of the Porta Augustus and the Ponte Tiberius.
Details:
664th award

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