Adolf Hitler together with paratroopers decorated with the knights cross after the successfull conquest of the belgian fort Eben Emael: second Lt. Meissner, Capt. Rudolf Witzig, Major Walter Koch - 14.05.1940
Rudolf Witzig (14 August 1916 – 3 October 2001) was a Green Devil (Fallshirmjäger) during the World War.
Witzig’s greatest military achievement was the capture of Fort Eben-Emael in the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael on 10 May 1940 and the same day he awarded the the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross May 1940 and the Oak leaves the 25 November 1944.
Rudolf Witzig re-joined the military service in the newly created Bundeswehr of the Federal Republic of Germany on 16 January 1956. He retired on 30 September 1974 holding the rank of Oberst. —————————– Rudolf Witzig (14 Août 1916 – 3 Octobre 2001) était un Diable Vert (Fallshirmjäger) durant la Deuxième guerre mondiale.
Le plus grand acte militaire de Witzig était la capture du Fort Eben-Emael le 10 mai 1940. Le même jour Witzig a reçu la croix de chevalier de la croix de fer et par la suite il recevra la feuille de chêne le 25 Novembre 1944.
Witzig a rejoint à nouveau les rangs de l'armée allemande en 1956 en tant qu'Oberst (colonel). Il a pris sa retraite en 1974.
Rudolf Witzig (14 August 1916 – 3 October 2001) was a German Fallschirmjäger during World War II and Oberst in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the 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. Witzig is most well known for his action against the Belgian fortress Fort Eben-Emael.
On the 10th May 1940, the Fallschirmjager, Group Granite, led by Oberleutnant Rudolf Witzig, were tasked with securing the supposedly impregnable fort of Eben Emael. Seventy eight German paratroopers, Fallschirmjager, landed on top of the fort in the early hours of the morning. They landed in gliders, the first time gliders were ever used in an armed assault.