- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Führer II. / Infanterie-Regiment 60 (motorisiert)
- Awarded on:
- March 19th, 1942
Otto Lindner already distinguished himself during the Battle of France, when he successfully stormed the massif of Mount Damion with his Kompanie. His greatest achievements however would come during the winter of 1941/42.
During this time the Soviets launched multiple attacks with Guards formations, tanks and artillery against the 16. Infanterie-Division (mot), which was in position east of Kursk. On one occasion they succeeded in breaking through the German lines at one point and cut off the only supply road of the Division. At the time the majority of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 60 (mot) was in a rest area under the command of Major Lindner.
Recognizing the magnitude of the situation, Lindner immediately launched a counterattack with his weak unit, while being aware of the fact that no time for reconnaissance could be spared. At the head of his Bataillon he pushed the enemy back from the supply road and with the support of artillery and Pak pursued the enemy, retaking a commanding hill that had been previously lost during the Soviet break-in.
Meanwhile however another enemy Regiment (about 400-500 men strong) began its move under the cover of the approaching darkness, penetrating into a village that was key to the German defense. With some stragglers from other units as well as the men of his staff Major Lindner created an ad-hoc defensive line along a creek that ran through the village, thereby preventing the full occupation of the village by the enemy. By the early morning hours of the next day the Germans had been able to assemble Lindner’s whole battalion in the village. With his whole battalion now at hand Lindner retook the parts of the village which had been lost and put the enemy here to flight while inflicting heavy losses. Major Lindner and his Bataillon pursued the enemy and were able to fully reoccupy the old German line.
For his prevention of a dangerous enemy breakthrough here, and thereafter restoring the frontline situation to its previous state, Lindner would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.