Schulz, Ludwig

Date of birth:
August 4th, 1896 (Lissa/Posen, Germany)
Date of death:
December 10th, 1966 (Mülheim an der Ruhr/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
June 17th, 1915: Gefreiter;
August 27th, 1915: Unteroffizier der Reserve;
December 21st, 1915: Vizefeldwebel der Reserve
August 31st, 1916: Leutnant der Reserve;
September 30th, 1920: Leutnant;
February 1st, 1935: Hauptmann;
August 1st, 1937: Major;
July 19th, 1940: Oberstleutnant
April 1st, 1942: Oberst
October 1st, 1944: Generalmajor.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 23rd, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 8th, 1940
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 76, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for the achievements of his Gruppe during the battle of France. In the first stages of the campaign these consisted of attacks on enemy airfields around Lyon and interdiction of French forces redeploying to the Maas behind the Maginot Line. Later his group was involved in attacks on Dunkirk, airfields around Paris and allied shipping near the Atlantic coast.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Air Commodore)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Kampfgruppe, Luftkriegsschule 5, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 19th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
On 26.01.1945 the Soviets succeeded in seizing the village of Märzdorf, which was located west of the Oder along the road to Ohlau. Due to the importance of this road connection, Generalmajor Schulz moved to counterattack and retake the village. Despite having only four companies of infantry from his Luftkriegsschule 5 and a dozen old Panzers, they succeeded in capturing Märzdorf back from the Soviets and throwing them back across the Oder. In doing so they prevented the Soviets from reinforcing their bridgehead across the river, and in recognition of this achievement Schulz would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight's Cross.
Details:
747th Award.

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