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Ruckdeschel, Ludwig

    Date of birth:
    March 15th, 1907
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


    After the end of World War Two, Ludwig Ruckdeschel was convicted in Nuremberg, Weiden, Landshut and Munich for two crimes, committed during the war in Regensburg and Landshut in his capacity as Gauleiter. In Regensburg he was charged as an accessory to the public hanging of two civilians and sentenced to eight years imprisonment. In Landshut, he was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for his involvement in the public hanging of another civilian.

    1923: Member of the NSDAP (National Socialist Democratic Workers Party), Member number: 29.308
    1926-1928: Geschäftsführer der Ortsgruppe und Bezirksleitung der NSDAP in Bayreuth. (Leader of the local faction and sectional leader of the NSDAP in Bayreuth)
    1933-1945: Gaugeschäftsführer und stellvertr. Gauleiter der NSDAP in de Gau Bayerische Ostmark (District leader and deputy district leader of the NSDAP in the district Bayerische Ostmark).
    Oktober 1934: Member of the SS (Member number: 234.190)
    November 9th, 1941: SS-Brigadeführer
    November 12th, 1943: Member of the Reichstag (Parliament, district Niederbayern).
    August 19th, 1944: Commander of 6. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend" (6./SS-Armored Regiment 12/12.SS Armored Division Hitler Youth).

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    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Kommandeur 6. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend"
    Awarded on:
    August 19th, 1944

    For action in Normandy.
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold