- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Führer Kampfgruppe Marcks (Schützen-Regiment 155 / 15.Panzer-Division) / Panzerarmee Afrika
- Awarded on:
- February 2nd, 1942
Awarded for his successes as commander of an independent Kampfgruppe in North Africa during the time period 21-25.01.1942. After a swift thrust that brought the Kampfgruppe to a distance 25 km west of Agedabia on the first day of the attack, this town (located in the rear of strong enemy forces) was captured on the morning of the second day. Afterwards the Kampfgruppe pursued the enemy via Antelat and Saunu, a distance of 135 km on a single day. After a brief rest during the night Marcks attacked from Saunu to the south and here blocked the retreat of superior enemy forces to the NE. This move forced the enemy force to deploy for battle. Marcks would also distinguish himself during the next two days of battle as well.