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Alm, Karl

Date of birth:
January 4th, 1919 (Tribsees/Pommerania, Germany)
Date of death:
November 23rd, 1944 (Frauenburg/Eastern Prussia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Died as Führer 1. / Grenadier-Regiment 353. Was posthumously promoted to Major.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 4th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 30th, 1942
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer II. / Grenadier-Regiment 353 / 205.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 12th, 1944
Karl Alm was an infantry Bataillon commander in the northern sector of the Eastern front in the summer of 1944. During this time, as the 205. Infanterie-Division was engaged in combat between Polozk and Dünaburg, his Bataillon came under attack from two Soviet regiments. A group of about 100 Soviet soldiers broke through to the Bataillon headquarters. However Alm had assembled his battalion staff for a counterattack, and in the fighting which followed this counterattack virtually wiped out the attackers. 70 Soviet troops were left dead on the battlefield and 11 were taken prisoner. During this counterattack Alm was wounded for the 11th time. His actions here proved sufficient to merit him the award of the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht

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