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Altstadt, Rudolf

Date of birth:
January 16th, 1914 (Offenbach am Main/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:
May 27th, 1974 (Bad Langenbrücken/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 14th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 13th, 1942
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 8th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 380 / 215.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1944
Awarded for his actions during the defensive battle south of Pleskau. In this time, at around midday on the 01.04.1944, two Soviet Kompanien penetrated between the 1. and 3./Grenadier-Regiment 380 along the road to Goruschka. In response the Bataillon commander, Hauptmann Altstadt, launched an immediate counterattack with his small reserve without first waiting for additional reserves from the Regiment. He managed to deceive the Soviets through a skillful bypassing maneuver and then struck them in the flank. In the fighting which followed he succeeded in recapturing and reoccupying this important sector of the frontline without sustaining any friendly casualties. He would be recognized appropriately for this incredible tactical victory.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber

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