Stahel, Rainer Joseph Karl August

Date of birth:
January 15th, 1892 (Bielefeld/Westernphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
November 30th, 1955 (POW-camp Woikowo, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1941
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 12th October 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1941
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 24th March 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Flak-Regiment 99 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his success in the infantry role during the winter of 1941/42 as part of Heeresgruppe Mitte. In the area near Anissowo Goroditsche he successfully conducted the prolonged defense of an airfield (one critical to the German defensive scheme no less) with only Luftwaffe troops, an airfield company and his own staff.
Details:
397th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Luftwaffe-Kampfgruppe (Stalingrad)
Awarded on:
January 4th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for stabilizing a critical situation with a hastily assembled Kampfgruppe in the Don-Chir bend during the fighting near Stalingrad in the winter of 1942/43.
Details:
169th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandant Fester Platz Wilna
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his actions while serving as the commander of Fortress Vilnius. During the weeklong battle he conducted the fighting from the initial attacks to the encirclement to the breakout. At the head of his troops he was able to reach German lines along the Neman river on 13.07.1944.
Details:
79th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938

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