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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, Third 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
    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
    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
    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.
    784th Award.

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