- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
- Chef 7. / Grenadier-Regiment 435
- Awarded on:
- September 21st, 1944
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)
Preliminary award document dated on 25th September 1944.