Army (Heer) greatcoat from knights cross winner Generalleutnant Konrad Rudolf W. Holters 1940
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Unique offer: Genuine and very well preserved standard army General greatcoat with the classic red velvet inside. The coat is complete with the original applied shoulder boards for the rank of Generalleutnant, showing big golden stars. All golden buttons are maker marked by the company of BSW, also known for its medal production. The coat is maker marked by the famous firm of Wilhelm Holters in Berlin, the same tailor Adolf Hitler used for his uniforms and only used by high ranked people. The coat is named to Generalleutnant Konrad Rudolf (Later General der Gebirsgtruppe) and dated 18 december 1940 (only 18 days after his promotion). The coat itself is a textbook example in extremely nice condition! The exterior soft doeskin wool shows no damages and still preserves nice green colors. A beautiful General greatcoat – so hard to find nowadays!
Rudolf Konrad (7 March 1891 – 10 June 1964) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II who served as a corps commander. He was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and, by the end of the war, held the rank of General der Gebirgstruppe, (General of Mountain Troops).
Life and career
Rudolf Konrad was born in Kulmbach in Northern Bavaria on 7 March 1891. He entered the German Army in July 1910 as an ensign. Joining a Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment in October 1912 as a Lieutenant, he served with them in World War I.
He remained in the Reichswehr after 1918, rising to command a Gebirgsjager (Mountain) Regiment from October 1935. Becoming a staff officer, in 1940 he became chief of staff of XVIII Corps, then of 2nd Army. He was then given a field command, first of 7th Mountain Division then, for most of the period from December 1941 to May 1944, of XXXXIX Mountain Corps on the Eastern Front. He received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross in August 1942 for his command of this corps. Finally, he commanded LXVIII Corps from early 1945 until the end of the war.
In 1966 the Bundeswehr barracks in Bad Reichenhall was named ‘General Konrad Barracks’. In August 2012 it was renamed ‘Hochstaufen Barracks’, Christian Schmidt the Federal Minister of Defence describing the previous name as outdated.
Awards and decorations
As a General of Mountain Troops and commander of XXXXIX Mountain Corps Konrad received: