Rademann, Emil

Date of birth:
September 25th, 1925 (Neumünster/Schleswick-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
April 1st, 1982 (Neumünster/Schleswick-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Emil Rademann reached the rank of Unteroffizier. In Fellgiebel he is mentioned as Emil Rademacher.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiten
Unit:
Gruppenführer, Fallschirm-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon "Hermann Göring", Fallschirm-Panzer-Division 1 "Hermann Göring", Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 23rd, 1945
Action:
On 15.02.1945 the Soviets attacked Sagan-on-the-Bober with strong forces. These could not be held off, and in anticipation of a German withdrawal over the Bober river the Kaiser-Wilhelm bridge had been primed for demolition. After the enemy had made it to within 20 meters of the bridge, the demolition team responsible for the bridge became casualties before they completed their mission. In this critical situation Gefreiter Rademann jumped from his cover on his own initiative, and while avoiding the hailstorm of enemy fire managed to blow the bridge at the last minute.

In doing so he prevented the swift continuation of the enemy advance in the Neisse sector and permitted a new frontline to be built here. For his bravery and devotion to duty he was presented with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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