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Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg

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Service/branch  Heer
Rank  Oberst (Posthumously)
Years of service  1930–43
Name  Prince Ferdinand
Born  4 April 1910 Berleburg Castle, Germany (1910-04-04)
Died  22 November 1943(1943-11-22) (aged 33) Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Allegiance  Weimar Republic (to 1933)  Nazi Germany
Commands held  Kavallerie-Regiment Sud

Prinz Ludwig Ferdinand Paul Franz Stanislaus Ulrich Otto Ludolf zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (4 April 1910 – 22 November 1943) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht 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. Ludwig-Ferdinand Prinz von Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was killed on 22 November 1943 near Zhytomyr, Ukraine. He was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross on 20 January 1944 and was also promoted to Oberst.



Ludwig was the son of Richard, 4th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Madeleine of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg. He had two older brothers, Gustav Albrecht who was also killed in 1944, and Christian Heinrich who died in 1983. Gustav's son Richard is married to Princess Benedikte of Denmark, sister of Queen Margrethe II and of former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.

Ludwig married Princess Friederike Juliane of Salm-Horstmar in 1935. They had five children: Marita, Otto-Ludwig, Johann-Stanislaus, Ludwig-Ferdinand and Ulrike-Christine.

His descendants include Ludwig-Ferdinand's daughter Anna, who is married to Prince Manuel of Bavaria.

Awards and decorations

  • Iron Cross (1939)
  • 2nd Class (20 May 1940)
  • 1st Class (10 June 1940)
  • Eastern Front Medal
  • German Cross in Gold (15 December 1941)
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 20 January 1944 as Oberstleutnant and commander of Kavallerie-Regiment Sud
  • References

    Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Wikipedia

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