Rentrop, Fritz

Date of birth:
November 19th, 1917 (Münster/Westernphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
February 2nd, 1945 (Hungary)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Fritz Rentrop died of his wounds in Soviet imprisonment on 2nd February 1945. At the time of his capture he was Ia IV.SS-Panzerkorps with the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 2. Batterie, SS-Flak-Abteilung, SS-Division "Reich", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
October 13th, 1941
Action:
Here follows an excerpt outlining the grounds for the award of the Knight’s Cross to SS-Obersturmführer Rentrop…

“SS-Obersturmführer Rentrop has on his own initiative captured the railroad bridge over the Desna. With a troop of only four men he thrust through the strongly defended enemy locality of Makoschin, became the first German soldier to reach the bridge and under the most difficult of conditions was able to capture it undamaged. Through his brave deed the continued advance of the SS-Division “Reich” over the Desna to the south was made possible, and strong enemy forces (including 3 armoured trains) were in the process cut off from their retreat route while still on the northern bank.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 27th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 2. Batterie, SS-Flak-Abteilung, SS-Division "Reich", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1941
Details:
408th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Bronze version
SA-Sportabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Nr.: 70.575
SS-Zivilabzeichen

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