Rudolf Konrad

Rudolf Konrad

German officer, participant in the First and Second World Wars, general of the mountain troops, holder of the Knight's Cross.
Date of Birth: 07.03.1891
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Rudolf Konrad
  2. Early Life and Military Career
  3. Second World War
  4. German-Soviet War
  5. Later Years and Captivity

Biography of Rudolf Konrad

Rudolf Konrad was a German officer and participant in both the First and Second World Wars. He served as a general of mountain troops and was a Knight's Cross recipient.

Early Life and Military Career

Rudolf Konrad began his military service in July 1910 as a cadet in an artillery regiment. By October 1912, he had become a lieutenant and commanded a battery. During the First World War, Konrad was awarded the Iron Cross of both classes and two additional orders. He was also wounded in action. After the war, he continued his service in the Reichswehr.

Second World War

At the start of the Second World War, Konrad served as the chief of staff of the 18th Army Corps, holding the rank of major general. In September-October 1939, he participated in the Polish campaign and was awarded oak leaves to his Iron Crosses (a second award). From February 1940, he served as the chief of staff of the 2nd Army. In May-June 1940, Konrad took part in the French campaign. In February 1941, he was promoted to lieutenant general.

German-Soviet War

From December 1941, Konrad participated in the German-Soviet War as the commander of the 49th Mountain Corps, leading battles on the Mius River. In March 1942, he was promoted to the rank of general of mountain troops. He fought on the Caucasian front and was awarded the Knight's Cross on August 1, 1942. In 1943, his 49th Mountain Corps retreated to Kuban and then to Crimea. In February 1944, Konrad was awarded the German Cross in Gold. From May to December 1944, he served in the reserve command.

Later Years and Captivity

In January 1945, Konrad became the commander of the 68th Army Corps in Hungary. He led his troops in a retreat to Austria. After Germany's capitulation on May 8, 1945, he was taken as a prisoner of war by the Americans.