- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
- Pionierzugführer Stabskompanie / Grenadier-Regiment 45 / 21. Infanterie-Division
- Awarded on:
- February 18th, 1945
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.