Army (Heer) Gebirgsjäger officer visor Knights Cross bearer ‘Karl Ruef’



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Untouched mountain trooper (Gebirgsjäger) or light infantry (Jäger) officer visor. Exterior shows extensive wear. Complete with original applied aluminum insignia on the front of the cap. The liner shows similar wear and has an unmarked sweat diamond that bears the name of Ruef. K. An original and affordable GJ visor cap!

Ruef completed his high school diploma at the secondary school in Innsbruck. At the end of September 1937 he joined the reserve field department of the Tyrolean State Rifle Regiment “Dollfuß” in Hall as a one-year volunteer. After the “Anschluss”, on August 1, 1938, he was placed in the 8th company of the newly formed 140 Mountain Infantry Regiment in the 2nd Mountain Division or in the 6th company of the newly formed 137 Mountain Infantry Regiment, which was also the 2nd . Mountain Division was subordinate. From June 26, 1939 to July 15, 1939 he attended a reserve officer candidate training course with the 2nd Battalion of the 140 Mountain Infantry Regiment and completed a combat school course and a mountain guide course here. From August 26, 1939 he was in the 6th company of the Mountain Infantry Regiment 140 and was a group leader here until October 10, 1939.

In World War II
He took part as a group leader in the war of aggression against Poland in 1939, and from October 25, 1939 he completed a second officer candidate course at the infantry school in Döberitz, which he completed on January 26, 1940. He then moved to the 2nd Battalion of the 136 Gebirgsjäger-Regiment in the 2nd Mountain Division until February 8, 1940 and then to the 6th Company of the 136 Mountain Infantry Regiment. Here he became a platoon leader on February 9, 1940 and was wounded , so that he was in the Koblenz reserve hospital from February 28, 1940 to March 30, 1940. As a fighter platoon leader he came to the 2nd Battalion of the Mountain Infantry Replacement Regiment 136 of Division No. 188, became a lieutenant on April 20, 1940 and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Mountain Infantry Regiment 136 in the same position on May 6, 1940 From June 25, 1940 he served here as a pioneer platoon leader. From July 15, 1940 to August 24, 1940 he attended the 3rd mountain pioneer course in Salzburg and then returned to the 136th Mountain Infantry Replacement Regiment as a pioneer platoon leader. This followed from November 8, 1940 to December 20 1940 the 7th officers’ course in Salzburg. From December 21, 1940, he served in the winter of 1940/41 as a teaching officer for the 8th company commander course of Division No. 188 in Salzburg. This was followed by command, among other things. in the Mountain Infantry Regiment 143 of the 6th Mountain Division, where from March 13, 1942 he was chief of the 13th Company of the III. Battalion was. On March 29, 1942 he was wounded on the Liza Front in Norway. In the same year he became a first lieutenant and in 1943 a captain. From June 1, 1943 he was leader in the III. Battalion of the Mountain Infantry Regiment 143, which he commanded from September 1, 1943, and was wounded in this position on October 20, 1944 by a glancing shot in the head. On October 28, 1944 he received the rank of major and commander of the III. Battalion of the 143 Gebirgsjäger-Regiment in the 6th Gebirgs Division was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. After the end of the war he went into British captivity with the 6th Mountain Division, but was released in the fall. He came to Kufstein and was head of the returnees discharge office from December 22, 1945, which meant his release from active military service.

In the Second Republic
Ruef joined the B-Gendarmerie as early as 1957. He later served in the Federal Army, among other things. as commander of Jägerbataillon 22 and commander of the Tyrolean border guard troops in the Tyrol military command. He was retired in 1977.

He wrote several military and military-historical writings, including the seven-part series The Service in the Federal Army under his editorship from 1967 to 1979. The work High Awards for Bravery to Tyroleans in the Second World War, written by Wilhelm Eppacher and completed by Ruef, is considered an example of a military-heroic culture of remembrance, in that the authors did not even differentiate between the SS and the Wehrmacht.