Vial, Alexander

Date of birth:
September 7th, 1897 (Homburg/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:
October 18th, 1953 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
III. / Infanterie-Regiment 60 (mot)
Awarded on:
November 29th, 1941
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1942
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 60 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
December 18th, 1942
Action:
The award of the Knight's Cross to Oberst Vial is summarized in a divisional order written by Generalmajor Graf von Schwerin, dated 21.12.1942...

"The Führer has awarded Oberst Alexander Vial, Kommandeur of the Infanterie-Regiment (mot) 60, the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross. Oberst Vial had led the defense of the Chalchuta-Stellung on 20.11.1942 and on 21.11.1942 the breakout of these then encircled forces. It is thanks to the brave, unshakeable and calmly cautious leadership of Oberst Vial that the nocturnal breakthrough of the Russians could be withstood, the lost positions retaken and the subsequent strong enemy attacks from all sides defeated.

The bold and skillfully prepared and executed breakout of the defenders at Chalchuta was his handiwork. Even in the hardest hours of this battle, Oberst Vial didn't lose his nerve. Through the most dangerous of situations he led his regiment to safety and brought the fighting to a positive outcome for our forces.

The whole division, along with the brave Grenadier-Regiment 60, is most pleased with the well-deserved award for the regimental command. The 16. Infanterie-Division (mot) wishes the brave commander heartfelt good luck as well as victorious, healthy homecoming!"
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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