SANDIG Rudolf NEW~
* September 11th, 1911 (Eppendorf/Saxony, Germany)
+August 11th, 1994 (Weyhe/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Knights Cross: May 5th, 1943
As: SS-Sturmbannführer Kommandeur II./ SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
Rudolf Sandig was an infantry battalion commander in the LSSAH division during the Third Battle of Kharkov. During this time he was recommended for the Knight’s Cross and would receive it later that spring. The documentation of his award has deteriorated somewhat with the passage of the time, but it is nonetheless possible to infer the three main actions that led to his receiving the award.
1) His defense of the airfield at Ossnovo, during which his troops inflicted heavy losses before being forced to retreat. (15/2/43)
2) The capture of the village of Ogulzy on 8th March in conjunction with Peiper’s battalion, during which his men destroyed 3 tanks and 6 AT guns. (8/3/43)
3) The successful seizure of Kharkov’s northern railway station and its approaches, again in conjunction with Peiper’s men. (11-12/3/43)
Postwar signed photo measuring 3 ½” x 6”
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