Petry, Alfred.

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Petry, Alfred, born 15-09-1894, Maßweiler in the district of Zweibrücken, the son of the main teacher Friedrich Petry and his wife Katharina, born Schatz, joined the infantry regiment “Alt-Württemberg” (3rd Württemberg) No. 121 in Ludwigsburg, under command of Oberst Eugene Luck, as a volunteer on 08-09-1914, in which he served on 06-09-1915 promoted to Leutnant in the reserve and used as a platoon and company commander. During the war he was taken prisoner by the British, from which he was released in 1919. On 30-10-1919, he was discharged from military service with the character of Oberleutnant. On 01-02-1920, Alfred joined the Stuttgart police force as a police leutnant and to police major on 30-08-1923. On 31-07-1923 he married Gertrud Schindler. On 08-06-1935 he was commanded to the 1st Battalion of the Amberg Infantry Regiment. On 01-10-1935 he was accepted into the army and on 15-10-1935 he was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the 41st Infantry Regiment in Amberg. On 18-10-1936 he became commander of the 1st Battalion, with which he took part in the 1939 Polish campaign. Promoted to Oberstleutnant on 01-01-1938, he became commander of the 355th Infantry Regiment on 13-02-1940. On 15-03-1940 he was transferred to the Führerreserve and promoted to Oberst on 01-11-1940. On 15-03-1941 he was put in charge of the 440th Infantry Regiment in Greece. In 1941 he became commander of the 355th Infantry Regiment in Norway. Between 21 July and 13 September 1943 he was in command of the 214th Infantry Division and between 16 September and 21 October 1943 he was in command of the 280th Infantry Division. In mid-October 1943 he suffered a heart attack. He was transferred to the Führerreserve. After his recovery, he completed a prisoner of war course in Vienna between January 10 and January 19, 1944 and was then assigned commander of the prisoners of war in military district XIII on 10-02-1944. On 12-04-1944 he was appointed commander of the prisoners of war in military district IV. On 25-07-1944 he was entrusted with the management of the business of the commander of Oflag VII B, from 08-09-1944 he was commander of Oflag VII A in Murnau. On 09-11-1944 he was promoted to Generalmajor here. Petry was not in the camp, which had already been handed over to the Polish ex-prisoners, but in the Kemmelkaserne   where he surrendered the Murnau garrison. At the end of the war he was taken prisoner by the US in Murnau, from which he was released in 1947.

Death and burial ground of Petry. Alfred.

Retiring in Frankfurt an der Main, Generalmajor Alfred Petry died on 26-07-1948, age 53, and is buried with his wife Gertrud born Schindler, who died old age 91 on 05-12-1993 at the Waldfriedhof in Stuttgart. Denis Estoppey from Switserland, Geneva, visited the cemetery in Stuttgart and was so kind to send me the gravephoto’s, with thanks.

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