Rudolf Schmidt (Major)

Rudolf "Rudi" Schmidt (15 March 1914 – 23 February 2000) was a highly decorated Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Rudolf "Rudi" Schmidt
Nickname(s)"Rudi"
Born15 March 1914
Plauen
Died23 February 2000(2000-02-23) (aged 85)
Esslingen
Allegiance Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branchReichsmarine (1932–35)
Kriegsmarine (1935–?)
Luftwaffe (?–1945)
Years of service1932–45
RankMajor
UnitJagdgruppe 88
Kampfgeschwader 26
Commands heldII./Kampfgeschwader 26
Battles/warsSpanish Civil War
World War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Despite being half Jewish, or Mischling under the Nuremberg Laws, Schmidt enlisted in the Luftwaffe and served with distinction.[1][2]

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CitationsEdit

  1. ^ The Surreal Reich, By Joseph Howard Tyson, page 205
  2. ^ Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military, Bryan Mark Rigg, page 39
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 310.

BibliographyEdit

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Major Otto Werner
Commander of II./Kampfgeschwader 26
11 August 1944 - May 1945
Succeeded by
None