Rudnick, Erich

Date of birth:
July 1st, 1916 (Nirschen/East Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
November 25th, 1988 (Walsrode, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 17th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer Pionier-Zug / Grenadier-Regiment 45 / 21.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Pionierzugführer Stabskompanie / Grenadier-Regiment 45 / 21. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
February 18th, 1945
Action:
During the fighting in Eastern Prussia, after the Soviets had broken through the German lines near Pohiebels, Rudnick decided on his own initiative to clear up the situation. Leading his Pionier platoon, he attacked into the flank of the enemy attacking force and was able to throw them back with heavy losses. He and his platoon then sealed off the enemy break-in area and contained all enemy attempts to break through them in close combat (despite being vastly outnumbered) until reinforcements arrived. For this achievement Leutnant Rudnick would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer Pionier-Zug / Grenadier-Regiment 45 / 21. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
March 1945
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 16th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze

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