|Born||16 January 1914|
|Died||27 May 1974(aged 60)|
|Place of birth||Offenbach am Main|
|Place of death||Bad Langenbrücken|
|Years of service||
|Rank||Major der Reserves|
|Commands held||1. / Grenadier-Regiment 380|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Rudolf Altstadt (16 January 1914 – 27 May 1974) was a highly decorated Major der Reserves in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Rudolf Altstadt was captured by American troops in April 1945 and is released a month later.
Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (2 July 1940)
- 1st Class (14 January 1942)
- Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black (5 March 1944)
- Eastern Front Medal (8 August 1942)
- Infantry Assault Badge (13 March 1942)
- Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze (9 February 1944)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 14 May 1944 as Hauptmann der Reserves and commander of I./Grenadier-Regiment 380
References[edit | edit source]
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 99.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.