Oskar Ruut marching through Tallinn in March 1944.
|Born||April 24, 1916|
|Died||August 3, 1944(aged 28)|
|Years of service||1935–1940 Estonian Army
1943–1944 Waffen SS
|Unit||20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian)|
|Awards||Iron Cross 2nd & 1st class
Infantry Assault Badge
Eastern Front Medal
Honour Roll Clasp of the Army (posthumously)
Oskar Ruut (birthname Oskar Rosenstock, April 24, 1916 in Valga – August 3, 1944 in Sinimäed) was an Estonian Hauptsturmführer in World War II, who served in the famous Battalion Narva and in 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian).
Oskar Ruut was born in Valga where he studied in Valga grade school and later in Valga Gymnasium. After graduating from gymnasium Ruut joined the Estonian Army serving in 3rd Infantry Battalion placed in Valga. Ruut was promoted to kapral and later sent to 7th Infantry Regiment. In civil life Ruut studied case law in the University of Tartu.
In 1941, when Estonia was occupied by Soviet Union Ruut organized a group of volunteers to fight against Red Army and Destruction battalions. His group helped to liberate Tallinn from Red Army in August 1941.
Ruut volunteered the Estonian Legion next year and was sent to SS-Junkerschule located in Bad Tölz, from where he graduated with best results from his course. He was promoted to SS-Obersturmführer. Ruut became the company leader in famous Battalion Narwa which was sent to the line at Dnieper River. He fought with Battalion Narwa in Izium and Cherkasy. He received Iron Cross 2nd & 1st class for showing bravery in these battles.
- Iron Cross 2nd & 1st class
- Infantry Assault Badge
- Eastern Front Medal
- Honour Roll Clasp of the Army - given posthumously