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Gercke, Rudolf Ernst Otto

Date of birth:
August 17th, 1884 (Nikolaiken/East Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
February 17th, 1947 (Marburg Hospital-Lahn/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
February 27th, 1903: Fahnenjunker;
October 18th, 1903: Fähnrich;
August 18th, 1904: Leutnant (Patent 19 augustus 1903);
August 18th, 1912: Oberleutnant;
November 28th, 1914: Hauptmann;
October 31st, 1923: Major im Generalstab (Karakter);
October 1st, 1931: Major;
December 1st, 1934: Oberstleutnant;
October 1st, 1937: Oberst im Generalstab;
October 1st, 1939: Generalmajor;
August 1st, 1940: Generalleutnant;
April 19th, 1942: General der Infanterie.

Career:
October 12th, 1937: Chef, 5. Abteilung (Transportabteilung), Oberquaertiermeister I, Generalstab des Heeres;
August 26th, 1939: Wehrmachttranposrtchef / Heerestransportchef OKH;
January 15th, 1940 - May 1945: Chef des Feldtransportwesens.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1915

With swords.
Ritterkreuz I. Klasse des Königlich Sächsischer Albrechtsordens
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1915

With crown and swords.
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
June 28th, 1915

With war decoration.
Militärverdienstkreuz III. Klasse
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
January 27th, 1916
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
April 27th, 1916

With swords.
Ritter II. Klasse zum Hausorden vom Weißen Falken
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1917
Hamburgisches Hanseatenkreuz
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1918

With swords.
IV. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
December 19th, 1934
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  1.Klasse, 25 Jahre
Awarded on:
June 12th, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1939
Magyar Érdemrend Középkeresztje
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 24th, 1941
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1942

Awarded with swords.
Vapaudenristin 1.luokka (VR 1)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-General of Infantry)
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1942

Awarded with swords.
Vapaudenristin 1.luokka rintatähtineen (VR 1 rt)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie
Unit:
Chef des Feldtransportwesens
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1943
Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuzes mit Schwertern

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