Holste, Rudolf

Date of birth:
April 9th, 1897 (Oldendorf/Hesse-Nassau, Germany)
Date of death:
December 4th, 1970 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Rudolf Holste was a POW form May 9th, 1945 until 1947.

Career:
?: Artillerie-Regiment 73;
?: 14. Panzergrenadier-Division;
?: Führer 4. Kavallerie-Brigade;
19th April 1945: Kommandeur (m.F.b.) XXXXI.Panzer-Korps.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 24th July 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 16th November 1917.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Artillerie-Regiment 73 / 1. Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1941
Award 40/8.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment 73. / 1. Panzer-Division / XXXXVI.Panzer-Korps / 9.Armee/ Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1942
On the 17.02.1942 Oberst Holste was present during an attack of the 1. Panzer-Division, which aimed to encircle enemy forces west of Rzhev. This particular day the Germans attacked towards Mantschalowo in terrain of limited visibility. Though his original task was to oversee the actions of his forward observer, he would intervene in the attack itself when he saw that the German infantry had been halted by the bitter enemy resistance. Oberst Holste helped the flanking thrust of the Panzers to succeed and continued to support them during their drive into the rear of the enemy forces opposite the assaulting German infantry. He would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for his actions here.
958th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 8th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Führer 4. Kavallerie-Brigade / Kavallerie-Korps / 2. Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1944
During the time period 10.07.-29.08.1944 Oberst Holste particularly distinguished himself while leading the 4. Kavallerie-Brigade through a series of hard defensive battles, showing extraordinary bravery in every crisis that arose. His Brigade made a notable contribution towards the rescue of the retreating German units in the Pinsk—Brest-Litovsk area. For this he would be named in the Wehrmachtbericht and decorated with the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
561st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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