Awarded for the achievements of his Bataillon in January 1943. From the 02.01.1943 the 97. Jäger-Division was in position SSW of Krasnodar, in order to support a Romanian cavalry corps there. On the 17/18.01.1943 Langesee and his Bataillon were temporarily encircled at Zerkownyj. Nonetheless they would play a key part in the battles at this time. Major Langesee contributed significantly to smashing the Soviet breakthrough in the Ssmolenskaja-Ssewerskaja area, thereafter fighting with his men south of Ssmolenskaja and at Grigorewskaja. After Major Lanesee and his Bataillon had rescued an encircled Romanian battlegroup following a bold counterthrust, he held new defensive positions in a battle that lasted for weeks.