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Spindler, Ludwig

Date of birth:
November 15th, 1910 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
December 27th, 1944 (In the Ardennes, Belgium)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1942
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Unit:
I. Abteilung, SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 9, 9. SS-Panzer-Division "Hohenstaufen", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Abteilung, SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 9, 9. SS-Panzer-Division "Hohenstaufen", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1944
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for his actions during the Battle of Arnhem. He was recommended for the award via a telex written by Wilhelm Bittrich (dated on the 25.09.1944), which is presented here as follows…

“SS-Sturmbannführer Spindler, a Kampfgruppe commander since the 23.07.1944, has led various alarm units from the Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine and Waffen-SS during the defense west of Arnhem. Through energetic leadership, skillful force deployment, bold decision-making and inexorable offensive drive he has contributed heavily to the crushing victory over the air-landed enemy troops north of the Rhine. A large number of prisoners and materiel have been captured and almost all by Kampfgruppe Spindler.

Through his singular performance, SS-Sturmbannführer Spindler was able to eliminate a reinforced English airborne division with hastily assembled alarm units while ruthlessly demanding the utmost of himself.

Spindler has repeatedly distinguished himself during the combat of the Division in the East and West. He is especially worthy of being awarded the Knight’s Cross.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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