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Germer, Alfred (Pionier-Bataillon 171)

Date of birth:
June 7th, 1914 (Strasbourg/Alsace, Germany)
Date of death:
March 1st, 1945 (round Elbing/Eastprussia, Germany)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Groß Nädlitz
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Alfred Germer was reported missing since March 1st, 1945 near Breslau. At that moment he held the rank of Major im Generalstab.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 1. / Pionier-Bataillon 171
Awarded on:
May 26th, 1940
The following wartime excerpt (dated 30.08.1940) describes why Germer received the Knight’s Cross…

“Oberleutnant Alfred Germer used his reinforced Pionier Kompanie to storm and neutralize the enemy’s Armoured Fortress 505 (located near Villy). During this engagement he gave his Pionieren a good example of energetic and fearless devotion to duty. He executed his mission with surprisingly few casualties and was the first to enter into the armoured redoubt.”

The fortification mentioned in this article was known to the French as the “Ouvrage de La Ferté”. The aforementioned action took place on the 18.05.1940.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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