Ruff, Siegfried

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Ruff, Siegfried, born 20-02-1895 in Kunersdorf, Brandenburg, joined the Army  as a Fähnrich with the 56th Field Artillery Regiment and promoted to Leutnant on 01-09-1914. On 01-10-1938 he as an Oberstleutnant was the commander of the 1st Battalion of the 101st Artillery Regiment. Adjutant of the XXV Army Corps to 06-02-1940. As an Oberst Commander of the 291st Artillery Regiment to 04-01-1942 and commander of the 305th Artillery Regiment to 25-09-1942. He as a Generalmajor was commander of the 401st Infantry Division to 01-04-1944. Region Commander of 96 and Commander of Riga, until 01-02-1945. His last command as a Generalleutnant was of the 609th Division in the battle for fortress Breslau  and in Soviet captivity. The youngest Generalleutnant in WWII, with 36, was Theodor Tolsdorff

   the youngest General, with 42, Walter Wenck

   the both survived the war. The Battle of Breslau, also known as the Siege of Breslau, was a three month long siege of the city of Breslau in Lower Silesia, Germany, now Wrocław, Poland, lasting to the end of World War II in Europe. From 13-02-1945 until 06-05-1945, German troops under Generalmajor der Pioniere, Kommandeur von “Festung” Breslau , Hans von Ahlfen 

  in Breslau were besieged by the Soviet forces which encircled the city as part of the Lower Silesian Offensiv Operation. The German garrison’s surrender on 6 May was followed the next day by the surrender of all German forces.

Death and burial ground of Ruff, Siegfried.

Ruff was tried by a Soviet court and sentenced to death and hanged, age 50, on 03-02-1946 in Riga and is buried with his wife Mathilde, born Niehoff, who died old age 92, in 1987, on the cemetery Lüneburg Zentral.


Cemetery and grave location of Ruff, Siegfried.

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