Ruyter van Steveninck, de, Albert Cornelis

    Date of birth:
    November 28th, 1895 (Tiel, The Netherlands)
    Date of death:
    June 25th, 1949 (The Hague, The Netherlands)
    Nationality:
    Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    12-08-1918: Second Lieutenant
    08-08-1922: Lieutenant
    20-01-1936: Captain
    1-11-1940: Major (war sub)
    28-02-1941: Major
    1-05-1942 :Lieutenant-Colonel (war sub)
    01-02-1943: Lieutenant-Colonel
    15-10-1944:Colonel (war sub)
    22-07-1946: Colonel
    22-03-1949: General-Major

    Career:
    1915: Royal Military Academy, Breda (artillery)
    1939: staff 1st Army Corps (Officer Air Force)
    10-05-1940: member Dutch Military Mission at Belgian Headquarters Brussels
    18-5-1940: advisor for Military Attaché Dutch Embassy, paris, France
    14-6-1940: escaping to London just prior to the capture of Paris by the Germans
    2-1941: Posted to Royal Dutch Brigade
    15-05-1941: CO 1st Battalion, Royal Dutch Brigade
    26-08-1941: By Royal Decree the Royal Dutch Brigade is renamed into Royal Dutch Motorized Brigade (Princes Irene Brigade) abbreviated to PIB
    7-1-1942: CO Royal Dutch Motorized Brigade
    1942-1944: De Ruyter Steveninck reorganises Brigade, organises vehicles and arms and trains contingent
    8-8-1944: PIB lands in Normandy (Courseulles-sur-Mer)
    5-9-1944 PIB reaches Paris
    20-9-1944 PIB crosses Dutch border near Valkenswaard en secures left flank 43 Wessex Infantry Division during Operationb Market Garden
    13-07-1945 PIB dissolved
    7-1945: Acting Chief in Staf Dutch Forces
    19-11-1945: CO "A Division"
    7-1946: Member Suppreme Military Court

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Luitenant-Kolonel (Lieutenant-Colonel)
    Unit:
    Royal Netherlands Motorized Infantry Brigade "Prinses Irene", Durch Armed Forces
    Awarded on:
    May 5th, 1942
    Details:
    Permission granted to accept and wear by Royal Decree no. ? dated 3 December, 1942
    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Luitenant-Kolonel (Lieutenant-Colonel)
    Unit:
    Royal Netherlands Motorized Infantry Brigade "Prinses Irene", British Second Army, Royal Army
    Awarded on:
    October 10th, 1944
    Awarded for:
    Operation Market Garden
    Action:
    Citation:
    "This officer has been in command for his contingent for a considerable time during which he has trained it for war. During the past month, when the contingent has been continuously in action, he has shown considerable personal gallantry & leadership under difficult circumstances. It was due to his careful directions that many valuable lives were saved & that his contingent is still in action despite facing many casualties."
    Details:
    Permission granted to accept and wear by Royal Decree no. 8 dated 1 March, 1945.
    Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Tijdelijk Kolonel (Temporary Colonel)
    Unit:
    Royal Netherlands Motorized Infantry Brigade "Prinses Irene", British Second Army, Royal Army
    Details:
    Royal Decree no 7 dated 12 July, 1945.
    Bronzen Leeuw (BL)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 1946
    Details:
    With Sords.
    Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.4)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Tijdelijk Kolonel (Temporary Colonel)
    Details:
    Permission granted to accept and wear by Royal Decree no. 50 dated 21 July, 1947.
    Commandeur de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    With 2 Palms.
    Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    With 1 clasp.
    Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    For 30 years of service (XXX).
    Onderscheidingsteken voor langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    With Palm.
    Ridder in de Leopoldsorde / Chevalier de l'Ordre de Léopold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    With Palm.
    Croix de Guerre 1940

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