- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Obersturmbannführer der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
- Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 5 / 5. SS-Panzer-Division "Wiking"
- Awarded on:
- February 23rd, 1944
Awarded for actions in the Cherkassy pocket. His recommendation reads as follows…
"Since the beginning of the encirclement, SS-Standartenführer Richter, commander of SS-Artillery Regiment "Wiking," has led a Kampfgruppe composed of SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment "Westland," the SS-Reconnaissance Detachment, alarm units, anti-aircraft guns and armoured detachments with only three Hummels, one self-propelled gun, and one assault gun as heavy support weapons.
On the night of 10-11.02.1944, the Kampfgruppe took defensive positions to the east of Korsun along the Ross sector, with the task of holding these positions until 12.02.1944.
The enemy pushed unceasingly with superior tank and infantry forces from both sides of the Arbusino-Korssun road, trying to force a breakthrough. There were also partisan attacks from the Chut woods in the rear of the weakly occupied position. Deploying continuous counter-thrusts, the hostile breakthrough spearheads were thrown back and their tanks destroyed in close combat. Where danger threatened SS-Standartenführer Richter appeared, organizing the defense and carrying out counterattacks. With his personal example he always rallied his men to attack and prevented the splitting of the front in the sector until 12.02.1944.
In an aerodrome close behind the main fighting line there still remained large amounts of gasoline, ammunition, and supplies that could not be removed before 12.02.1944. SS-Standartenführer Richter independently decided to halt movement until these important goods were completely taken away and provided to the troops. Not before 13.02.1944 was he ordered to disengage the opponent and take positions in the new main fighting line west of Korsun.
In Korsun itself, there remained long columns of vehicles because of traffic jams, the bad roads, and the conditions of the bridges that would fall into the hands of the enemy when orders to occupy the new fighting line were carried out. SS-Standartenführer Richter, on his own decision, ordered the building of a bridgehead to the east of Korsun, enabling an orderly departure of these units toward the west.
I consider SS-Standartenführer Richter especially worthy of being awarded the Knight's Cross."