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Bünau, von, Rudolf (WH-General der Infanterie)

Date of birth:
August 19th, 1890 (Stuttgart/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 14th, 1962 (Kirchheim an der Teck/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Rudolf von Bünau was the father to Rudolf von Bünau

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 15th, 1935
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  2. Klasse, 18 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  1.Klasse, 25 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 9th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 14th November 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 133 / 45.Infanterie-Division / 2.Armee
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1940
The following wartime excerpt describes why Bünau was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“During the crossing over the Aisne river and canal on the 09.06.1940 it was the Infanterie-Regiment 133 which, despite heavy losses, made the farthest southernmost advance of all units within the Korps. Through this it created the preconditions for the crossing of the Division and the creation of a bridge. This great success is first and foremost creditable to its brave commander, Oberst von Bünau, who provided a model of battlefield conduct for the whole Regiment. Bünau led the crossing over the Aisne from the foremost line with the main effort Bataillon, and he was personally involved in the battle to clear the bush covered island between the Aisne and the Canal with grenade in hand.”
206th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1942
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 73.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
January 23rd, 1943
Award 280/1.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 19th, 1943
Medalia
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 19th, 1943
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1944
On war ribbon, with swords and star.
Magyar Érdemrend Tisztikeresztje
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1944
Kubanschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-General of Infantry)
Unit:
Kommandierende General XI.Armeekorps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1945
The following wartime excerpt describes why Bünau was awarded the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross…

“On the 05.03.1945 the Führer awarded the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to General der Infanterie Rudolf von Bünau, commanding general of an Armee-Korps, as the 766th soldier of the German Wehrmacht.

During the combat for the upper Silesian industrial area the Soviets achieved a deep penetration in the front of the Armee-Korps led by General von Bünau. The commanding general launched successful counterattacks that managed to hold off the enemy long enough until he had created the preconditions for the withdrawal of his forces that were still in the industrial region and erected a new frontline to the southwest of this area. In 14 days the Soviets lost 129 tanks, 73 guns and over 4000 dead in the sector of Korps Bünau.”
766th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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