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|Allegiance||Greater German Space Reich|
|Years of service||ca. 1996 – present|
|Commands held||8th Mechanized Brigade|
First Nazi War|
Second Nazi War
Third Nazi War
|Awards||Order Of The Iron Cross (2nd Class)|
Major General Ernust Ekkehard is an officer of the Greater German Space Reich, and attaché to Feldmarschall Kurt Schäffer. He is a veteran of the First Nazi War. Schäffer frequently refers to him as "Gletkin", in reference to the character in the novel Darkness at Noon, as Schäffer views him as the embodiment of Manfred Hickten's "New Régime".
Ekkehard was an infantry lieutenant during the First Nazi War. He gained a reputation for the aggression of his unit and its steadfastness in the face unfavourable odds. Ekkehard's command was linked to a number of atrocities committed against civilians during the war, and he was listed as a target of opportunity by the Republic of Coruscant during the Nazi Insurgency. Coruscanti soldiers remarked that Ekkehard's men possessed a fanaticism both like and unlike the Nazis' elite units, and his squadron was referred to as "the one nobody wanted to fight". During the exodus, Ekkehard led a risky and near-suicidal mission to distract encroaching Coruscanti forces as the general staff retreated to their Secret Nazi Spaceship. To the generals' surprise, Ekkehard managed to rout an opposing force three times his strength, and he and his surviving command made the rendez-vous on time.
The inter-war period on Helgan Prime saw Ekkehard rise through the ranks to become Major General. A number of officers contested the rapid promotion of such a junior officer (literally and figuratively), claiming his ascension was due to "favouritism and opportunity, in that order." One explanation offered was that Ekkehard's promotion was chiefly political in nature, as his military doctrine of terror was promoted by Hickten, and Ekkehard's personal sense of fealty to the régime was considered "a model toward which every member of the nation should strive".
Third Nazi War
Ekkehard was assigned to Schäffer's command prior to the invasion of Earth, placed in command of a mechanized brigade. Schäffer protested, claiming that for all the contributions Ekkehard had made to revising the Nazis' military strategy, he had become sloth as a field officer and was not fit for direct command. Schäffer was, of course, ignored. While he suspects that Ekkehard was assigned to him due to his divergence from the mainstream mindset, Schäffer welcomes the opportunity to "give the kid an education".
Disgrace at Innsbruck
Schäffer's doubts were confirmed after Ekkehard led his brigade into the disastrous Innsbruck Offensive. In addition to the capture of all surviving members of the Clone Guild auxiliary forces, Ekkehard's brigade was effectively destroyed. A conflict erupted within Space Nazi brass soon after he returned to headquarters; Schäffer alleged that Ekkehard deserted his post and demanded he face full consequences. He was therefore outraged that Ekkehard did not face a court-martial, likely due to his personal standing amongst other officers. Although he retained his rank, the compromise alternative did strip him of command authority for an indefinite period, likely until the end of the war, rendering him little more than an errand-boy to his superior officer. Although Ekkehard made no public display of indignation, the event left him with a bitter attitude.
- Ekkehard bears many similarities to Enclave brigadier general Joe Jackson in terms of age, rank, and attitude.