- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- Commander Infanterie-Regiment 151
- Awarded on:
- August 21st, 1941
On the 22.07.1941, as the 61. Infanterie-Division began its attack on Poltsamas, the Regiment led by Oberst Melzer found itself at the focal point of the battle. Despite having sustained heavy losses and ceaseless combat in the previous days, the Regiment nonetheless stormed the city with great courage. In addition the Regiment captured multiple river crossings undamaged, including the important concrete bridge running through Poltsamas itself. Largely on account of the actions of Melzer and his men, the city was firmly in German hands by 12:00 on that day.
The capture of Poltsamas was of great importance for the continuation of the German operations in Estonia, and for his role in this battle Melzer would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.