German Tank Ace 14 V Rudolf Von Ribbentrop Ww2 Autographed 3x5 Inch Index Card
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German Tank Ace 14 V Rudolf Von Ribbentrop Ww2 Autographed 3x5 Inch Index Card:
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Military career Beginning
On 1 September 1939, whenWorld War IIstarted, von Ribbentrop joined as a recruit in the replacement battalion of the SS-Infantry month later, in October 1939, von Ribbentrop was transferred to the field regiment, which was located in the occupied portion of Czechoslovakia. In this regiment, he was enlisted to the11. Kompanie.He served in thisKompanieduring theWestern Campaign, winning the Iron Cross second class, and was promoted toSturmmann. He was also wounded for the first time.
After the Western Campaign, Ribbentrop was sent to order to gain training as platoon leader. He was commissioned on 20 April 1941 as aUntersturmführer. He was given command of a platoon in1. Kompaniein Reconnaissance Battalion "Nord".Upon theinvasion of Russia,SS-Kampfgruppe Nordwas sent to Finland where Ribbentrop was to distinguish himself and was awarded theFinnish Freedom Cross, fourth class. On 2 September 1941, Ribbentrop was wounded again in his left forearm. He was sent to the SS hospital in Hohenlychen, where he stayed until February 1942. After a home leave, he was reassigned to the newly formedPanzerregimentof the1st SS DivisionLeibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler(LSSAH).Russian Front
He was transferred to3. Kompanie's1st Platoon as a platoon leader. Ribbentrop arrived PrussiainKharkovin February 1943. Soon,LeibstandarteDivision, commanded byPaul Hausser, was threatened to be surrounded by the Soviets. Hausser commanded an attack towards the south in order to break the encirclement. SS-ColonelKurt Meyerled his regiment towards theAlexeyevska(or Alexeyewka). During the time, Ribbentrop was armoured vehicle commander.German 7th Company attacked enemy's armoured speahrhead on a marshy area. The 6th company went to protect its sister company and secure its withdrawal. They destroyed several Soviet light tanks and anti-tank guns. During the battle, Ribbentrop heard a voice of company's radio operator, Lieutenant Alt, who informed him that company's commander tank had been knocked down. Not long after, Ribbentrop'sPanzer IVreceived a minor hit, but only destroying the antena and thush disabling future communication. Light Soviet forces were driven back by evening.
Hausser's rescue plan was launched in morning, two days after, while Ribbentrop was with his company inMerefa. There he met Hausser for the very first time, who told them "Good luck!"Meyer received an order to hit Soviet encircling ring at its weakest point inNowaja Vololaga. His goal was to establish a connection withFritz Witt's battle group. Second Platoon of the 6th Company, led by SS-Lieutenant Erckardt had a task to lead the company. Soon, Erckardt entered into a firefighting in a village, and was soon killed. Ribbentrop received an order to replace him. After he took command of the 2nd Platoon, Ribbentrop ordered an advance on high speed. They passed scattered Soviet troops, and during the advance they destroeyed few light tanks and anti-tank guns without slowing the advance. Such manouevre placed Meyer 40 kilometers behind Soviet spearhead. Meyer stayed behind Ribbentrop tanks in his car and didn't let other tanks to halt. Tanks freely raced through Kharkov facing minor opposition from Soviets on ther left and right flank. Just before the dark, they reached Yefremowka, a village nerby Alexeyevska, which was their goal of the day.Alexeyevska was captured on 13 February.In order to liberate Alexeyevska, Soviets launched a fierce attack, however, Germans succeeded to defend the town with heavy losses. During the action, Soviet sniper wounded Ribbentrop through lung. Ribbentrop refused to be pulled back to a hospital, but instead went to rescue wounded soldiers.Ribbentrop was awarded the Iron Cross first class for his personal bravery in these battles. After serving briefly with the Regimental Staff as an Operations Officer, he was then assigned to the6. Kompanie, II./SS-PzRgt 1, in command of the first Platoon where he went into action during the retreat fromKharkov. Ribbentrop was wounded for the third time during these battles; shot in the right shoulder blade, and left shoulder.
On 1 March 1943 Ribbentrop succeeded SS Lieutenant Alt as commander of the7. Kompanie,and was theKompaniechefduring the recapture of Kharkov. After Kharkov was captured, Ribbentrop was placed as a Regimental Adjutant. One month later he was given the responsibility of training Luftwaffe members that were sent to the LSSAH. On 15 June he returned to field command, and was appointed commander of6. Kompanie. One month later, on 20 July he was awarded the Knight's Cross.Western Front
On 1 August he was transferred to the newly formed12th SS Panzer DivisionHitlerjugend, and was charged with commanding two Junior officer training courses. Four months later he was appointed commander of the3. Kompanie, I./SS-PzRgt 12. On 3 June 1944, heading back toLe Neubourgfollowing a training excersize, his car was attacked by aSpitfire, and von Ribbentrop was wounded for the fourth time. By 9 June, he was back in command of hisKompanie. During the defensive battles inNormandy, Ribbentrop was awarded theGerman Crossin Gold, and thePanzer Assault Badge. Following the breakout fromFalaise, von Ribbentrop was made the Regimental Adjutant toSS-Panzerregiment 12. It was in this capacity that he saw action duringOperation Wacht Am Rhein.
On 20 December he was wounded for the fifth time with a shell fragment in his mouth. He was awarded theWound Badgein Gold, and was given command of I./SS-PzRgt 12. He commanded thisAbteilunguntil the Division surrendered to the Americans on 8 May 1945.Awards
- Iron CrossII: 19 June 1940
- Infantry Assault Badgein Bronze: 1 October 1940
- Wound Badgein Black: 18 April 1940
- Finnish Cross of LibertyIV: 1 October 1941
- Iron CrossI: 18 March 1943
- Wound Badge in Silver: 1 May 1943
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross: 15 July 1943
- German Crossin Gold: 25 August 1944
- Wound Badge in Gold:
- SS-Obersturmführer: 20 April 1943
- SS-Hauptsturmführer: 30 January 1945
- Wounded: Fragment in upper right arm 30 May 1941
- Wounded: Bullet wound in left forearm 2 September 1941
- Wounded: Shot in back 5 February 1943
- Wounded: Wounded in back by strafing enemy fighter-bomber 3 June 1944
- Wounded: Shell fragment in Mouth 20 December 1944
- Taken prisoner by Americans 8 May 1945
- Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
- 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend