Seitz, Rudolf "Rudi"

Date of birth:
October 11th, 1919 (Charlottenthal, Germany)
Date of death:
November 14th, 1994 (Stadlern, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer
Unit:
1.Kompanie, SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 4, 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division, Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1942
Action:
Unterscharführer Seitz received his Knight’s Cross for actions while serving with the SS-Polizei division during it’s battles around Leningrad. On the 19th of August 1942, though he technically belonged to a StuG unit, Seitz was manning a PaK 36 with one other soldier, an SS-Rottenführer. On that day the Russians attacked the blocking position Seitz and his comrade were holding. Despite being isolated and eventually surrounded by the enemy, Seitz and his comrade held their ground for a total of eight hours (from 1200 to 2000 hours) and inflicted heavy losses on the attackers. Though their gun was ineffective against heavier tanks, Seitz still used it to good effect against less heavily armoured vehicles and infantry. As they were close to being overrun just before nightfall, they destroyed their gun and were able to exfiltrate back to German lines. It seems that their holding their positions through this difficult day was extremely useful for the rest of the division, for Seitz would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for this action.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
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