Awarded in recognition of his successful command of the LXVI. Armee-Korps during the defensive battles in fall 1944 and in the Battle of the Bulge. On the 04.09.1944 Lucht and his Korps, as part of the 19. Armee, were able to establish a link to the 1. Armee and thereby prevent an impending Allied advance along this sector and into German territory. He further distinguished himself in the Vogesen and Eifel regions. In the Battle of the Bulge it was his Korps which surrounded the bulk of the US 106th Infantry Division, capturing 8000 prisoners in the process, and thereafter captured St. Vith. This was the second-largest mass capitulation of US forces in the whole war, second only to Bataan.