Several sources state as the date of death October 15th, 1944. The Volksbund gives as the date of death Ocotber 5th, 1944.
At the beginning of 1942 the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 was in positions on the Kura stream near Aga Batyr. The night before New Year’s Day the German retreat from this area began, however the following morning the Soviets commenced their own attack through the thick morning mist. Tanks overran the foremost defensive line of the Regiment, with the aim of advancing even farther to the west. In response Oberfeldwebel Kruse launched a counterattack with his Zug despite lacking artillery support. They were able to eliminate several tanks in close combat and seal off the enemy penetration. As a result the Division was able to withdraw as planned, and in recognition of his decisive action Kruse would be decorated with the Oakleaves.