Allenberg, William Harry

Nationality:
South African

Biography

Servicenumber 53046

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Unit:
South African Tank Corps
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1942
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Unit:
6th South African Armoured Division
Awarded on:
February 23rd, 1943
Action:
Commendation:
"On 5 Nov. 42, Allenberg's SQN was operating behind enemy lines, South of DABA - one of his Sqn. cars attacking 14 German trucks had been hit and captured with its cres - at last light. Allenberg - observing the approximate Leager area - set forth after dark in a 15 Cwt accompanied by 6 0/Ranks. At approx. 02.00 hrs on 6 Nov. the leager was discovered and the party approached to within 50 yards and opened up with their automatic rifles. Allenberg, showing splendid leadership and outstanding bravery - led his party in and finally recaptured the men taken prisoner in the early evening together with the 14 enemy trucks and 25 prisoners.
One of Allenberg's party was killed and one seriously wounded."
Details:
Was at first recommended to receive the Military Medal.
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Sources

  • Photo 1: Rick Allenberg
  • Photo: Rick Allenberg
  • - London Gazette + medals and various documents and photos
    - London Gazette Issue 35821 published on the 11 December 1942. Page 12 of 20 - - 53046 S/Sergeant W.H.Allenberg
    - London Gazette Issue 35917 published on the 23 February 1943. Page 2 of 2 No 53046 T/Sergeant (acting Warrant Officer Class II) William Harry Allenberg:South African Forces
    - 53046 Warrant Officer Class II William Harry Allenberg DCM

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