Petersen, Rudolf

Date of birth:
May 15th, 1905 (Atzerballig, Danmark)
Date of death:
January 2nd, 1983 (Flensburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitän zur See (Captain Royal Navy)
Unit:
Führer der Schnellboote
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1944
Action:
The following press article describes how Petersen received the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross…

“The Führer has awarded the 499th Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to the Commander of the Schnellboote, Kapitän zur See Rudolf Petersen, for the successful prosecution of the torpedo boat war against the British-US invasion fleet.

Born in 1905 in Atzerballig, Kapitän zur See Petersen has been involved in S-Boat operations since the beginning of the war. As commander of a Schnellbootsflottille he conducted a great number of successful operations until being named the Commander of the Schnellboote on 10.04.1942. In these last two years he has brought the S-Boat arm from humble beginnings to its present state. He has personally overseen the many operations of all flotillas in the English Channel and created the preconditions for the successful actions of the Schnellboote under the present difficult conditions. Up until the award of the Oakleaves his S-Boat formations have on the Invasion front sunk over 20 assorted landing craft with 36250 GRT, 1 cruiser, 2 destroyers and 1 monitor. To this can be added 1 cruiser and 1 landing ship torpedoed.”
Details:
499th award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän
Unit:
2.Schnellboot-Flotille
Awarded on:
August 4th, 1940
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Action:
The following press article describes how Petersen received the Knight’s Cross…

“Korvettenkapitän Petersen has as commander of a Schnellbootsflottille led his Flottille successfully during all operations in Norway, the North Sea, numerous sorties in the English Channel and special operations while maintaining a high personal devotion to duty.”
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän
Unit:
2.Schnellboot-Flotille
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän
Unit:
2.Schnellboot-Flotille
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän
Unit:
2.Schnellboot-Flotille
Awarded on:
December 11th, 1940
Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitän zur See
Unit:
Führer der Schnellboote
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1944
Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen mit Brillianten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän
Unit:
Admiralstabsoffizier dem Führer der Torpedoboots
Awarded on:
March 19th, 1942
Schnellboot-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant
Unit:
2.Schnellboot-Flotille
Awarded on:
October 26th, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant
Unit:
Schnellboot S 9
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1937
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre

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