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Mallethan, Heinz

Date of birth:
March 12th, 1919 (Grossendorf/Eastprussia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 12th, 1975 (Gwytherin/Wales, Great Britain)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

As a boy Heinz Mallethan worked as a butcher's apprentice and after his 18th birthday in 1937 enlisted with the Wehrmacht. He saw active service in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland and France. Later he was to join the Russian invasion and was wounded but survived to fight in Normandy where he was captured by the Canadian forces. He was a prisoner of war at Larkhill P.O.W. camp from 11-09-1944 until 22-01-1948. From May 1st 1953 he farmed in North wales where he died on 12-12-1975.

The spelling of his surname changed from 2 l's (Mallethan) to one l (Malethan) after the war.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
14. Kompanie, III. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 364, 161. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 7th, 1944
The awarding must have taken place for actions before November 10th, 1943 beceause the unit was lifted as from that date and the remains werd used to form the Divisions-Füssilier-Bataillon 161.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS

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