Matern, Alfred

    Date of birth:
    December 15th, 1910 (Königsberg/East Prussia, Germany)
    Date of death:
    February 26th, 1946 (Lazarett Insterburg/Eastprussia, Germany)
    Buried on:
    German War Cemetery Insterburg / Chernyakhovsk
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Alfred Matern entered the Wehrmacht voluntarily on April 10th, 1934 and was attached to Infanterie-Regiment 22.

    According to the Volksbund, Alfred Matern died on February 26th, 1946 in a hospital in Insterburg. Other sources give the date of March 26ht, 1945.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    August 21st, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 19th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
    Unit:
    10. / Infanterie-Regiment 22 / 1. Infanterie-Division
    Awarded on:
    March 14th, 1942
    Details:
    Award 88/56.
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
    Unit:
    Zugführer 5. / Füsilier-Regiment 22 / 1. Infanterie-Division / XXVI.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
    Awarded on:
    September 4th, 1943
    Action:
    Awarded for his success in resisting Soviet attacks while positioned on the Mischkino Heights (south and north of the Wolchowstroj-Mga road) during the time period 22.07.-14.08.1943. He particularly distinguished himself on the 12.08.1943, when the Soviets broke into his sector in platoon strength. In response Oberfeldwebel Matern retook all the lost trenches in a short and violent close combat action.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
    Unit:
    Zugführer 5. / Füsilier-Regiment 22 / 1. Infanterie-Division / Armee-Abteilung Samland / Heeresgruppe Nord
    Awarded on:
    March 16th, 1945
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Action:
    Awarded for distinguishing himself during the attack of Kampfgruppe Malotka on the 19.02.1945, which succeeded in capturing Metgethen and thus opened the way for the 5. Panzer-Division to restore contact with the German troops in the Samland at Seerappen.
    Details:
    784th Award.

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