PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Oriola, Graf von, Ralf
Date of birth: August 9th, 1895 (Herischdorf-Hirschberg/Schleswig, Germany)
Date of death:  April 28th, 1970 (Freiburg/Baden Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
When the Second World War started, Ralf Graf von Oriola commanded the Artillerie-Regiment 252. With this regiment he took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union. At the end of 1941 he took over command of Artillerie-Regiment 18 with the rank of Oberst and was promoted to Generalleutnant on 1st November 1943. In December 1943 he assumed command over 299.Infanterie-Division. His last position before the end of the Second World War was that of Kommandeur XIII.Armeekorps.

Loopbaan:
5th March 1914: Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1.Schlesisches) Nr.6;
1st October 1934: Kommandeur III. / Artillerie-Regiment 18 / 18.Infanterie-Division;
1st September 1939: Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment 252 / 252.Infanterie-Division;
20th February 1942: ArKo (Artillerie Kommandeur) 7 / XVII.Armeekorps;
17th February 1943 - 3rd May 1943: Kommandeur 72.Infanterie-Division;
3rd May 1943 - 15th January 1944: Kommandeur 299.Infanterie-Division;
13th March 1944 - 28th June 1944: Kommandeur 299.Infanterie-Division;
12th February 1945 - March 1945: Stab XIII.Armeekorps;
31st March 1945 - 17th May 1948: Prisoner of War with British camps Trent Park Camp 11, Camp 300, Island Farm Special Camp 11 and Camp 186.

Promotions:
5th March 1914: Fahnenjunker;
2nd November 1914: Leutnant;
20th June 1918: Oberleutnant;
1st July 1927: Hauptmann;
1st August 1937: Oberstleutnant;
1st June 1940: Oberst;
1st May 1943: Generalmajor;
1st November 1943: Generalleutnant.
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Oberst
Unit: Artillerie-Regiment 252
Awarded on: November 22nd, 1941
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Generalleutnant
Unit: Kommandeur 299.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: December 23rd, 1943
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 1ER KLASSE 1914
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 2ER KLASSE 1914
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
 
     
EHRENKREUZ FÜR FRONTKÄMPFER
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 4.KLASSE, 4 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 3.KLASSE, 12 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 2. KLASSE, 18 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 1.KLASSE, 25 JAHRE
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2.KLASSE (1914)
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1.KLASSE (1914)
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Awarded on: December 28th, 1943
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Beyerlein sammlung
Information source(s):   - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
- Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
- Island Farm Prisoner of War Camp 198 / Special Camp: XI Bridgend, South Wales
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