Gerd Ruge (soldier)

Gerd Ruge (soldier)

Gerd Ruge
Born 17 August 1913
Breege
Died 18 January 1997(1997-01-18) (aged 83)
Wetzlar
Allegiance Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1936–45
1956–71
Rank Oberst
Commands held Panzergrenadier-Regiment 128
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Gerd Ruge (17 August 1913 – 18 January 1997) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Gerd Ruge was captured by British troops in April 1945 and was released later that year. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr and retired in 1971 as an Oberst.

Awards and decorations

References

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 299.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 77.
Bibliography
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  • 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.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht