Wenz, Alfred Emil

Date of birth:
December 1st, 1919 (Berghausen/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
September 19th, 1944
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Aflred Emil Wenz died of severe wound in a hospital on 19th September 1944. He was buried on the Heldenfriedhof of Tome, Latvia (approx. 35 km southeast of Riga).

Ptomotions:
1st December 1940: Oberschütze, 9./Infanterie-Regiment 435
1st June 1941: Gefreiter, 9./Infanterie-Regiment 435
1st July 1942: Unteroffizier
1st December 1942: Feldwebel and O.A. at the same time to Leutnant
1st May 1944: Oberleutnant der Reserve
1st September 1944: Hauptmann der Reserve (posthumous and retroactive)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Heeresunteroffiziersschule Treptow-Rega
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1939
Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter
Unit:
9. / Infanterie-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
February 19th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter
Unit:
9. / Infanterie-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1942
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
11. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
August 18th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
11. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1943
Action:
Received for a single wound inflicted on 6th April 1944.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1943
Action:
Anerkennung für 17 Scharfschützenerfolge Tagesbefehl Nr. 82 der 215. Infanteriedivision
Scharfschützenabzeichen 1.Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
11. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
11. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer 11. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1944
Action:
For his actions on the battlefield near Krapiwinka from 2nd until 4th April 1944.
Details:
Anerkennungsurkunde led to the awarding of the Ehrenblattspange.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer 11. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1944
Action:
For his actions on the battlefield near Krapiwinka from 2nd until 4th April 1944.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
7. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1944
Action:
During the battle on 18th September 1944, south of Riga, the russians succeeded to make a breakthrough in the bridgehead near Bauske. The Grenadier-Regiment 435 was put into action against this. During the furious battle alle officers of II.Bataillon were wounded or killed, in exception of the 24 year old Oberleutnant Alfred Wenz. He himself was wounded earlier that day, but draged himself voluntairily out of the hospital to his troops. Though severely wounded and weakened, he took over command of his battallion, leading it into the battle and leading the crossing of the river. Hereby he succeeded in inflicting heavy casualties at the enemy and driving them back. But the richtwing neighbouring battallion was unable to go forward due to heavy Russian fire. Oberleutnant Wenz recognized this, and went with 10 of his Grenadiere into the enemy strongpoint and cleared it up in a two hours enduring man-to-man battle, clearing a passage of 500 meters wide. Hereby they were able to capture 21 enemy machineguns and Oberleutnant Wenz personally captured 17 prisoners. In spite of severe pain and high feever, Wenz organized the defence against enemy attacks and remained for long with his battallion until he could be replaced. For this action he was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 21st September 1944.
(Source: Zeitung "Front und Heimat" vom November 1944, Zeitung "Gauhauptstadt Karlsruhe" 04.10.1944)
Details:
Preliminary award document dated on 25th September 1944.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: H.-P. Rackete
  • Photo: H.-P. Rackete
  • - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Award certificates, Documents, Photos and Werhpass via H.-P. Rackete

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