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Starl, Matthias

Date of birth:
July 3rd, 1914 (Passau/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
November 6th, 2004 (Landsberg (Lech), Germany)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


?: Hauptmann;
?: Major;
?: Oberstleutnant (Bundeswehr).

?: Kommandeur I. / Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 98;
July 1956 - September 30th, 1970: Bunderwehr.

Matthias Starl was recommended to receive the Ritterkreuz de Eisernen Kreuzes. The recommendation was received by the HPA on February 26th, 1945 and rejected on March 1st, 1945. In stead he was awarded the mentioning in the Erhenblatt with the Ehrenblattspange. A later awarding of the Ritterkreuz was supposed to have been done after the German surrender, according to the same recommendation, by the Armeeoberkommando 6 (6. Armee). This awarding is unconfirmed and according the regulations unjustified.
The illegal awarding itself was made by General der Infanterie Albrecht Schubert, according to unconfirmed records, commanding general of the surviving parts of the 6. Armee in POW Camp Mauerkirchen (May 9th, 1945 - June 1st, 1945). In this period a number of five awardings of the Ritterkreuz were made (Eisgruber, Göller, Groth, Starl en Vögtle) to members of the 1. Gebirgs-Division.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Hauptmann (Captain)
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 98, 1. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1945
Awarded in stead of rejected Ritterkreuz.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Second World War (1939-1945)
Hauptmann (Captain)
Kommandeur I./Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 98
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1945
Awarded for the successful command of his battalion between the Drava river and lake Balaton in the time period 23.11.1944-05.03.1945. He particularly distinguished himself by holding the town of Csikota in December 1944 against all Soviet attacks.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes