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Renn, Ludwig
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Renn, Ludwig

(April 22, 1889, Dresden – July 21, 1979, Berlin [East]; Arnold Friedrich Vieth von Golssenau), German author. Renn was born into a Saxon noble family. His father educated the royal Saxon princes. After his abitur, Renn began the typical officer’s career path. When war first broke out Renn welcomed it, serving as lieutenant of an infantry unit. Once positional warfare had commenced, however, his duties as regimental adjutant led him to doubt the moral and military meaning of warfare. Wounded and decorated several time…

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Schneider, Thomas F., “Renn, Ludwig”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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