Ruge, Friedrich

Senior Kriegsmarine officer in charge of minesweepers, naval advisor to Rommel before and after D-Day

Price: $85.00

Description:
(1894-1985) German naval officer in WW I, notable as a minesweeper and for mine devlopment. In the 1939 Polish campaign, he was senior officer in charge of minesweepers, led mining of the North Sea. From 1940-43 served in Holland, Belgium and France. RADM 1942, VADM 1943. After serving 6 months in Italy, became Naval Advisor to Field Marshal Rommel in November 1943, to supervise the defense of northern France from the predicted Allied invasion. He had no faith in land mines and artillery shells struck underwater, but the marine mines he wanted weren't available. In August 1944, he became the Kriegsmarine's Director of Ship Construction, a position in which he served till end of the war. Awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for successful military leadership. He served as the 1st Inspector of the Navy (similar to chief of naval Operations) for the West German Navy (Bundesmarine). In the 1962 film "The Longest Day", he played himself and was a consultant to the film. TLS in English on inside of an 11 x 7 international aerogram (airletter), Tubingen, (West) Germany, January 28 1968, to a Chicago social worker/collector. Ruge mentions German veterans organizations and gives addresses for U-boat officers Otto Kretschmer and Erich Topp and sea raider Captain B. Rogge. Ruge states that "...it is getting difficult to find past military leaders who were in top commands and who still are able and willing to answer your questions. Around here I don't know anybody who could do it."

Condition: Very good, top edge slightly frayed
Type:Letter






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