Otto, Rudolf

Date of birth:
December 14th, 1912 (Rauda/Thuringia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 20th, 2006 (Eisenberg/Thuringia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
Gruppenführer 6. / Grenadier-Regiment 529, 299.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1944
Action:
During the retreat battles of Army Group South back across the Dnieper, Unteroffizier Otto especially distinguished himself. After his machine gunner and his assistant had fallen, Otto held a position all on his own and thus shielded a bridgehead from enemy counterattacks. By this action he secured the retreat route for his entire Regiment, albeit being heavily wounded in the process. For this he would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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