Rudolf von Ribbentrop

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Rudolf von Ribbentrop
Rudolf von Ribbentrop wearing a uniform of a Obersturmführer
Born (1921-05-11) 11 May 1921 (age 95)
Wiesbaden, Weimar Republic
Allegiance  Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Hauptsturmführer
Unit Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
SS Division Hitlerjugend
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Relations Joachim von Ribbentrop (father)

Rudolf von Ribbentrop (born 11 May 1921) is a former German wine merchant and a former Waffen-SS Captain who served in World War II. He is the son of the German diplomat and Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop.

World War II[edit]

On 1 September 1939, when the Second World War started, Ribbentrop joined as a recruit in the SS-Infantry Regiment Deutschland, with which he served during the Western Campaign, receiving the Iron Cross second class. During Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, his unit was sent to Finland. In February 1943 he was assigned to a Panzer regiment the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler division (LSSAH) and sent to Kharkov in February 1943, where he took part in the Third Battle of Kharkov.

Ribbentrop was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 15 July 1943.[1] On 1 August he was transferred to the newly formed SS Division Hitlerjugend as a training officer and company commander. During battles in Normandy, Ribbentrop was awarded the German Cross in Gold. Following the breakout from Falaise, he saw action during Battle of the Bulge. He surrendered with the division to the U.S. Army on 8 May 1945.


  1. ^ 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: Scherzers. p. 626. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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