Waldenfels, Rudolph Freiherr von

Date of birth:
September 23rd, 1895 (Ingolstadt, Germany)
Date of death:
August 14th, 1969 (Rottach-Egern, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
April 27th, 1924
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 12th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander Schützen-Regiment 4
Awarded on:
October 11th, 1941
Action:
In the breakthrough against tough forest positions north of the Luga on 08.08.1941 Waldenfels led his men outstandingly. Later, during the attack on Soviet fieldworks near Vopolzowa on 13.08.1941, he and his men stormed through hostile minefields, bunkers and static tank turret positions to achieve their objective. Waldenfels personally led his men from the treeline and assisted in the capture of the first Soviet trench position. Despite strong flanking fire from Lopsi Waldenfels and his men were able to capture Vopolzowa after six days of battle and thus the division was finally able to break out of the forested/marshy terrain north of the Luga. For his contribution to this success Waldenfels received the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Commander 6. Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the role his division played while trapped in the Kamenets-Podolsky "wandering pocket". It was his unit (6. Panzer-Division) which entered Buczacz on 06.04.1944 and linked up with 10. SS-Panzer-Division "Frundsberg" later that day, thus having the honour of initiating the contact between 1st and 4th Panzer Armies.
Details:
476th award

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