29 March 1911
Hennersdorf near Reichenbach, Silesia
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Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1930–43|
|Commands held||Pionier-Bataillon 662|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
|Relations||Siegfried Geisler (brother)|
Rudolf Geisler (29 March 1911 – 13 April 1944) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade the Oak Leaves was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Rudolf Geisler was severely wounded in defense of Kovel on 11 April 1944 by an artillery round while detaching from the front. He succumbed to his injury, a splinter wound in the pelvis, at the field hospital at Kovel on 13 April 1944, the same day he was awarded the Oak Leaves.
Awards and decorations
Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (30 September 1939)
- 1st Class (13 August 1941)
- German Cross in Gold (3 June 1943)
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Knight's Cross on 7 December 1943 as Major and commander of Pionier-Bataillon 662
- 455th Oak Leaves on 13 April 1944 as Major and commander of Pionier-Bataillon 662
- Thomas 1997, p. 193.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 193.
- Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 81, 479.
- Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die 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 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.
- Scherzer, Veit (2010). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil XI: Pioniertruppe—Band 1: A–K (in German). Bissendorf, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2398-4.
- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- World War 2 Awards.com
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht