- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
- Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 460
- Awarded on:
- February 5th, 1945
With the coming of the Soviet Operation Bagration in June 1944, Vincon's division found itself among the German units in the path of the offensive and was forced to retreat. Vincon was awarded the Knight's Cross following a long retreat back to German lines, with the timeline playing out as follows...
26.06.1944 - Retreat of Vincon's battalion to Tscherwen.
27.06.1944 - Defeat of 5 Soviet attacks by Vincon's troops.
28.06.1944 - Attack on Brachtschino from the march with 5 Sturmgeschütze and 3 light tank destroyers, which succeeded in taking the town and capturing 50 prisoners. Creek bottom near Achimkowitschi reached at midnight.
29.06.1944 - Successful capture of the Lichinitschi-Teterin road.
30.06.1944 - Capture of Chapry.
01.07.1944 - Opening up the retreat route in the area of Ssomry.
05.07.1944 - Breakout of the remnants of the 260. Infanterie-Division starting at 2300. By this time it was down to just 10 officers and 760 men, gathered at Aptschak under the command of the now wounded Major Vincon. These attempted to break through the forest in small groups, with varying degrees of success.
End of August 1944 - Vincon and his group of survivors reach the German lines at Dombrowa, 40 km west of Grodno.