Schlee, Rudolf

Date of birth:
November 10th, 1913 (Ludwigshafen, Germany)
Date of death:
June 19th, 1979 (Ludwigshafen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Do you have more information about this person? Inform us!

Awarded on:
April 4th, 1938
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 15th, 1940
Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1940
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer 6./GebJägRgt 13
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1941
Action:
Here follows an excerpt from Schlee’s Knight’s Cross recommendation…

“The Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 13 was ordered to open up the Pultowzy-Vinnitsa road for the Division by clearing the enemy defensive position there. In light of its strength the Regiment anticipated a two-day long and costly battle to do so, however Oberfeldwebel Schlee was able to accomplish the objective within an hour after the attack had begun. Through his superior and prudent leadership it was possible to thrust through to the southern edge of Pultowzy and crush the well-equipped and stubbornly defending enemy there.

His success was decisive for both the Regiment and the 4. Gebirgs-Division, as it meant that the march road through the enemy’s key position, and thus the way to the eventual capture of Vinnitsa was open.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 4th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer, 6. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 13, 4. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1943
Action:
The following divisional daily order, dated 07.04.1943, explains why Schlee would be awarded the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross…

“Since being awarded the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross, Oberfeldwebel Schlee has distinguished himself through his brave deeds during the fighting in the Caucasus as the leader of his Jäger platoon. In the memorable battles on the other side of the main ridge of the Caucasus, during the advance on Ssuchum, his determination and personal bravery on 26 & 28.08.1942 led to the following results…

The enemy was forced to abandon a village vital for his logistics; through the elimination of an enemy flank threat an important friendly supply route was finally secured; many Russians were either killed or captured and valuable captured weapons were acquired.

On 29.10.1942 Oberfeldwebel Schlee took over the command of the 6./Geb.Jäg.Rgt.13 during the heroic battles before Tuapse on the Sssmachscho ridge after the Kompanie leader was wounded. The next day, Schlee would also be wounded in action.

I congratulate Oberfeldwebel Schlee for receiving this high award on behalf of the whole Division, and hope that he will return to his Regiment after his recovery.”
Details:
222nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources