Rebane, Alfons Vilhelm Robert

Date of birth:
June 24th, 1908 (Valga, Estonia)
Date of death:
March 8th, 1976 (Augsburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
Estonian (1918-1940, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 9th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 28th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur (estnische) Freiwilliges-Bataillon 658 (Ost-Bataillon (estn.) 658) / Kampfgruppe "Späth" / XXXVIII.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe No
Awarded on:
February 23rd, 1941
Action:
During the fighting in the sector of Heeresgruppe Nord in early 1944, Major Rebane received the order to withdraw with his battalion from Volkhov (near Novgorod). However he realized that by this the Soviets would be able to cut off the vital Luga-Pleskau road which supported the 16. Armee. On his own initiative he instead launched a surprise counterattack that eliminated the enemy’s attack spearhead in this area. For this action he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
2689th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Waffen-Obersturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 46 (estnisch Nr. 2) / LVI.Panzer-Korps
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his leadership achievements in early 1945. Rebane had distinguished himself during the battles near Grottkau and Tillowitz. Later, beginning on 06.03.1945, he held the high ground near Karbischau against all enemy attacks. Although these were repeatedly launched in regimental-divisional strength, each after hour-long barrages and with tank support, the Soviets were ultimately prevented from breaking through to the Oppeln-Brieg road. Of 20 attacking enemy tanks 10 were destroyed.

During the breakout from the Proskau pocket Rebane and his Regiment were able to recapture the heavily defended high ground near Tiefengrund. Then, after the death of the divisional commander, Rebane took over control of all the Kampfgruppen of the Division east of Riegersdorf and with these was able to punch through a deep Soviet defensive system in the area Neustadt-Buchelsdorf-Riegersdorf-Dittmannsdorf.
Details:
Non numbered, unconfirmed awarding. According the sequence this would be the 875th Award. The recommendation was made on 3rd April 1945, received by OKH/PA/P5 on 12th April 1945 and was supported by General der Kavallerie Koch-Erpach, Kommandierender General LVI.Panzerkorps and the Reichsführer SS.

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