Wehrpass Feldwebel 2.Panzer-Division Greece Russia 9 awards
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Rudi Kölsch, Sergeant (Feldwebel) Army construction unit, Anti tank Infantry and field command unit.
Wehrpass, 13.5.43. Second “Zweitschrift” issue.
Entitled to (9 awards!!): RAD Verdienstabzeichen (1.10.39), Westwall medal (1.5.40), Wound Badge in Black (6.12.41), Anti Tank Badge “Panzerkampfabzeichen” in Bronze (1.6.42), Iron Cross 2nd Class (1.6.42), Royal Bulgarian Soldiers Cross 3rd Class (1.10.42), Winter War Medal (22.9.42), Wound Badge in Silver (6.4.45) and Iron Cross 1st Class (6.4.45).
Born 1914 in Wuppertal. He served: Mar.-Jun.38 with Infanterie-Regiment 46 based in Heide; Aug.39-Feb.40 with Bau-Kompanie 4/26 active at the German Westwall and active in France; till Jun.-Oct.40 with Infanterie-Regiment 243 of the 60.Infanterie-Division based in Poland; Oct.40-Jan.42 with Schützen-Regiment 304 (former IR304) of the 2.Panzer-Division, till Mar.41 based in Poland and Bulgaria, Apr.-Mar.41 active in Greece. In Greece he got two times wounded but was not hospitalized, on 25.4.41 by shrapnel in his left under arm and on 29.4.41 stabbed with a bayonet in his calf. From Oct.41 onwards he was (still with the 2.Panzer-Division) active in Middle Russia (Wjasma, Moscow) where he got severely injured on 14.12.41 (shot through his left arm and heavy concussion) and was hospitalized in Litzmannstadt (Poland). Till Oct.43 he served for recovery with Schützen-Ersatz-Bataillon 2 (later renamed Panzergrenadier-Ersatz-Bataillon 2) but got on 7.7.42 wounded again when he broke his left ankle and was hospitalized in Munich; Oct.-Dec.43 serving with Landesschützen-Ersatz-Bataillon 17 based in Hainburg; Dec.43-Feb.44 with Heeres-Sanitäts-Staffel München; Feb.-Mar.44 with Landesschützen-E.u.A.-Bataillon 7 based in Freising; Mar.-May 44 with Wehrertüchtigungslager VII, a military re-boot camp; Jun.44 again with Landesschützen-E.u.A.-Abteilung 7 based in Freising. Jun.44-May 45 he was finally at the front again and served with the Army field command unit “Feldkommandantur 1033” active at the Balkan in Croatia and Yugoslavia.
Notice entry in his promotions list that he was 1942 removed from the list for upcoming officers.