German Army Oberstabsgefreiter Alexej Kobelew, age 23, from Bielefeld, northwest Germany, was killed in action in Baghlan province, Afghanistan on 2nd June 2011.
He was in a German Marder tank on a patrol in the province when a hidden road mine detonated beneath the vehicle. He was serving with the 212 Panzer Grenadier battalion.
Born in Belovo, Russia, he went to school in Germany and joined the German Army in 2007. He deployed to Afghanistan in March 2011.
Six other German soldiers were wounded in the same attack.