22 September 2013

Generalleutnant Carl Rodenburg Photographed at Stalingrad

Image size: 1113 x 1600 pixel. 196 KB
Date: Sunday, 31 January 1943
Place: Stalingrad, Stalingrad Oblast, Soviet Union
Photographer: Unknown

Generalleutnant Carl Rodenburg (17 May 1894 - 5 November 1992) was a German general who commanded the 76.Infanterie-Division / VIII.Armeekorps / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe Don during the Battle of Stalingrad. He was also a recipient of the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Carl Rodenburg was taken prisoner by Soviet troops on 31 January 1943, during the Battle of Stalingrad. He was held until 1955. This photo was taken on the morning of the surrender when he had been presented with the Eichenlaub #189 to his Ritterkreuz at Stalingrad by Generalfeldmarschall Friedrich Paulus (Oberbefehlshaber 6. Armee) and the photo was flown out with one of the last aircraft to leave. His wife was simultaniously presented with his "real" Eichenlaub in formal ceremony in Berlin. This was then sent to Richard Kimmel by his daughter upon his passing. For many years Kimmel had contact with the General, as he was from the same town in Germany, Lübeck , where Kimmel's family were came from after they moved from East Prussia.


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