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Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, Graf von, Ernst-Albrecht

Date of birth:
October 26th, 1913 (Ludwigslust/Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany)
Date of death:
February 14th, 1943 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Unit:
2. Schwadron, Aufklärungs-Abteilung 31, 31. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 29th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Unit:
Kommandeur, Kradschützen-Bataillon 22, 12. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1942
The following newspaper excerpt (dated 01.03.1943) describes why Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“During the fighting southeast of Toropez, Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt personally launched a bold flanking attack from the foremost line against far superior enemy forces that had broken through between the German strongpoints. He threw back the enemy force through this independently conducted action, largely destroying it. A few days later he was badly wounded while conducting another such attack on his own initiative with his Kradschützen.

He was awarded the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross on the 26th of December for his brave conduct.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Unit:
2. Schwadron, Aufklärungs-Abteilung 31, 31. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1941
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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