On 16.02.1945 the Soviets began a major offensive against the German line stretching from SE of Langlieben to Eichendorffmühl, with the 371. Infanterie-Division being the only German unit in its path. In the course of this attack Niehoff and his troops succeeded in warding off all Soviet attacks against the Reichsstraße 118 going north from Ratibor, some of these in close combat. Niehoff was awarded the Oakleaves for this action.
Awarded for his outstanding defense of Breslau in early 1945. Marshal Zhukov would say the following about him, “Niehoff was a brave man. He is one of the few who I genuinely do admire. In my experience of the war Niehoff has a place of honour.”
Award numbering was based on the date of the awarding. Noevidence of the awarding in the Bundesarchiv.