WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

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WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by Heartfeltzero » 26 Jul 2022 00:14

Alois was the rank of Obergefreiter. Throughout his military service he was awarded the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords. Alois was with a supply company serving in North Africa specifically near Marsa Matruk when on September 1st 1942 at age 29 he was killed by a low flying aircraft. I’m assuming it was a Strafing Run. He is buried in the military cemetery in El Alamein. Any additional info on him is greatly appreciated. From my collection.
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Re: WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by Christoph Awender » 26 Jul 2022 14:54

Hello,

Alois Ludwig, born 22.6.1913 in Beckingen Kreis Merzig,
member of Nachschubkompnaie 33 (mot)
buried soldier cemetary Marsa Matruk 11th row 2nd grave left

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Re: WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by hucks216 » 26 Jul 2022 14:56

His casualty card shows he was a member of Nachschubkompanie (mot.) 33 of 15.Panzer-Division.

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Re: WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by Heartfeltzero » 26 Jul 2022 15:30

Christoph Awender wrote:
26 Jul 2022 14:54
Hello,

Alois Ludwig, born 22.6.1913 in Beckingen Kreis Merzig,
member of Nachschubkompnaie 33 (mot)
buried soldier cemetary Marsa Matruk 11th row 2nd grave left

/Christoph
That’s odd, the German War graves commission states he’s buried in El Alamein.

Edit: I just learned that the German war graves commission reburied a lot of soldiers at El Alamein post war. So yeah you’re correct about original burial location

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Re: WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by Heartfeltzero » 26 Jul 2022 15:54

Christoph Awender wrote:
26 Jul 2022 14:54
Hello,

Alois Ludwig, born 22.6.1913 in Beckingen Kreis Merzig,
member of Nachschubkompnaie 33 (mot)
buried soldier cemetary Marsa Matruk 11th row 2nd grave left

/Christoph
Any ideas on what possible battles etc he was killed in?

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Re: WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by Christoph Awender » 27 Jul 2022 09:40

As he was part of a supply unit and killed in an aircraft attack I guess he was victim of one of the daily routine harrassement air attacks on supply lines.

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Re: WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by frodo » 05 Aug 2022 18:47

Hi,
Marsa Matruh is located 170 km west of El Alamein. On September 1st the battle of Alam Halfa (part of El Alamein battles) took place. So, as Christoph stated, this was an air attack far behind the frontline.
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Re: WW2 Death Card of Afrika Korps Member Alois Ludwig.

Post by Urmel » 09 Aug 2022 14:05

Christoph Awender wrote:
27 Jul 2022 09:40
As he was part of a supply unit and killed in an aircraft attack I guess he was victim of one of the daily routine harrassement air attacks on supply lines.

/Christoph
It should be relatively easy to figure out which unit undertook the attack, as all the Allied ORBs are online.
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