|Born||17 August 1917|
|Died||22 November 1975(aged 58)|
|Place of birth||Halberstadt|
|Place of death||Ziemetshausen, Bayern|
|Years of service||1938–1945|
|Unit||Infanterie-Regiment 93 (mot.)|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Rudi Brasche was born August 17, 1917 in Halberstadt, Germany. He joined the Wehrmacht in 1938, and participated in the German invasions of Poland, France and Russia. In November 1942, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his role in repelling 14 battalion-level attacks with just a few other members of his squad. This action took place during the German assault in the Caucasus.
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (18 July 1940)
- 1st Class (26 September 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 November 1942 as Obergefreiter and group leader in the 4./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 93
- Wound Badge (Brasche was wounded 6 times during the war and therefore would be eligible for the Silver for 4 and the Gold for 5.)
- Wound Badge in Black
- Wound Badge in Silver
- Wound Badge in Gold
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. "Elite of the Third Reich:The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference", Helion and Company Limited 2003 p 122.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
- Kurowski, Franz. 2005."Infantry Aces:The German Soldier in Combat in WWII". Mechanicsburg PA, USA.StackPole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3202-4
- Huß, Jürgen (2009). Ritterkreuzträger im Mannschaftsstand 1941 - 1945. Zweibrücken: VDM Nickel. ISBN 978-3-86619-042-9.
"Rudi Brasche". Ritterkreuzträger 1939–45. http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de/Infanterie/B/Br/Brasche-Rudi.htm. Retrieved 6 February 2010. "Rudi Brasche". World War 2 Awards. http://www.ww2awards.com/person/28657. Retrieved 14 February 2011.