Mathes, Josef

Date of birth:
February 4th, 1908 (Asch/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
September 19th, 1944 (Arnhem, Netherlands)
Buried on:
German War Graves Bocholt
Plot: E1. Row: 13. Grave: 196.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 16th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Jäger
Unit:
2. / Sturm-Artillerie-Abteilung191 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Jäger
Unit:
Zugführer 3. / Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 280
Awarded on:
October 4th, 1944
Action:
Oberwachtmeister Mathes participated in the fighting around Arnhem as a Sturmgeschütz Zugführer, in which he fought at the head of multiple German counterattacks. On his own initiative he took advantage of a weakness in the tough British resistance and was able to conduct a fierce attack. He succeeded in breaking through to a strategically important crossroads. As he continued the attack past this point Mathes and his whole crew were killed in action. He would however be recognized for his successes with the award of the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Jäger
Unit:
Sturmgeschütz Brigade 280
Awarded on:
October 25th, 1944
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Details:
Awarded posthumously.

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