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RUDOLF  von  RIBBENTROP  (4189-1995)
Haptsturmführer (Captain), Waffen SS
Tank Commander

 

As the son of a prominent member of Hitler's inner circle (the Foreign Minister), he could have gotten a safe position far from the battle lines but he did not.  He instead joined the SS infantry regiment in the division Deutschland.  After fighting in several major campaigns and being wounded more than once, he was sent home to recover.  On his return to duty, he was ordered to the 1st SS, the famed Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler where he participated in many other major battles then into the 12th SS Division.

He was wounded a total of five times and was decorated with the Wound Badge in Gold and on 20 July 1943, was decorated with the Knights Cross.  In this photo von RIBBENTROP is seen with MAX WUNSCHE (3964-1994) close to the front.

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