Major Walter v. Ruckteschell K./A. 1941 on the way to Africa-Corps

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Major Walter v. Ruckteschell K./A. 1941 on the way to Africa-Corps

Post by Tanzania » 07 Dec 2021 08:46

Major Walter v. Ruckteschell K./A. 1941 on the way to Africa-Corps

I hope I am correct in this sub-forum; - it is about a German officer who was with the
German military attaché in Rome in 1941 and was on the Italian submarine hunter
Albatros in 1941; - During an unspecified mission on the way to the Africa Corps?

Major Walter Alexander Moritz von Ruckteschell (* 12.11.1882 – † 27.9.1941)

Does anyone kindly have any hints or information where I could research further
About this Mission?

Background here in the AHF:
Leutnant W. v. Ruckteschell Schutztruppe GEA K./A. on 27.7.1941?
viewtopic.php?f=73&t=261060


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Re: Major Walter v. Ruckteschell K./A. 1941 on the way to Africa-Corps

Post by Urmel » 11 Dec 2021 12:08

Not sure what else you are looking for, the information given in the thread you linked seems quite comprehensive?

If Albatros was on the way to escort in one of the German submarines that had recently been allocated to the Mediterranean, it would mean she wasn't on a mission to North Africa.

The Regia Marina reports about the daily events are unfortunately not appended to the Comando Supremo war diary which simply notes the sinking of Albatros with 36 dead, 1 Italian officer, 2 German officers, 6 NCOs, 27 sailors.

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Re: Major Walter v. Ruckteschell K./A. 1941 on the way to Africa-Corps

Post by Tanzania » 12 Dec 2021 18:53

Andreas,
Many thanks for your reply.

My main interest is actually in a different time and in a different campaign.
The Great War in Africa and Middle East 1914 – 1918.

The source, below mentioned Major Ruckteschell’ s stay with the German military attaché in Rome in 1941.
Other sources suggest that he was on a (secret?) Mission to Africa when the Italian sub chaser `Albatross´ sank.

My question was, where could I get such information?

Major Walter von Ruckteschell.png
Source: “Das Offizierkorps der Schutztruppe für Deutsch-Ostafrika im Weltkrieg 1914-18”
https://www.namibiana.de/de/das-offizie ... 14-18.html

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Re: Major Walter v. Ruckteschell K./A. 1941 on the way to Africa-Corps

Post by Urmel » 13 Dec 2021 08:05

You're more than welcome.

The most promising place would be the war diaries of Rintelen (German General at Comando Supremo) or Weichold (German Admiral at Supermarina).

TBH though given Albatros mission I suspect he was on her to welcome the German submarine she was supposed to escort in.
The enemy had superiority in numbers, his tanks were more heavily armoured, they had larger calibre guns with nearly twice the effective range of ours, and their telescopes were superior. 5 RTR 19/11/41

The CRUSADER Project - The Winter Battle 1941/42

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