- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur SS-Regiment "Nordland" / SS-Division "Wiking"
- Awarded on:
- January 18th, 1942
Scholz’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“For his performance during the heavy defensive battles at the Dnepropetrovsk bridgehead, in which his Regiment held a critical position, SS-Oberführer von Scholz was recommended for the Knight’s Cross and awarded the German Cross in Gold on the 29.11.1941.
In the time since then SS-Oberführer von Scholz has once again heavily influenced the course of his Gefechtsgruppe’s many and varied battles while sparing himself nothing.
During the fighting north of Rostov in the time period 17.-20.11.1941, the Gefechtsgruppe von Scholz covered the flank of the Panzerarmee in a critical area and held its ground against heavy enemy attacks.
From midday on the 17.11.1941 to the evening of the 20.11.1941, 5 Russian divisions supported by a tank brigade launched continual attacks against Scholz’s positions. Supported by heavy tanks, Katyushas and bombers/ground attack aircraft, they did all in their power to overrun the positions of the Gefechtsgruppe along a 24 km front. These offensive actions were well prepared and intended to be of great operational importance.
This single Gefechtsgruppe was able to resist the massive attacks of the Russian 37th Army (aimed at the deep flank of the Panzerarmee) and ensure that the attempted drive to Rostov came to nothing.
The achievements of SS-Oberführer von Scholz’s Gefechtsgruppe, achieved over 4 days against attacks of enormous power, would not have been possible without the intervention of SS-Oberführer von Scholz, who was present at the most threatened positions day and night. On the 18.11.1941, he personally led the defense of Dobropolje with a weapon in hand against the massive attacks set against it, even as enemy tanks had broken into the rear of our infantry positions.
He stood in the forward line as his III. Bataillon defended the village of Tuslowo against the furious attacks of the 99th (Caucasian) and 253rd rifle divisions. The enemy tanks could not be stopped and drove into the village, however the following Russian infantry could not do the same in the face of the soldiers of the SS-Regiment Nordland.
During these days he was able to fix the arising crises through his personal intervention. Each evening he was able to report to the Division that all enemy armoured attacks against his front had been repulsed and that all infantry attacks had also been defeated with heavy losses.
By the evening of the 20.11.1941 the frontline was again restored despite repeated enemy deployment of Katyushas and the uninterrupted tank/infantry assaults. On this day the tactical retreat from the enemy, as ordered by the higher commands, was carried out smoothly and according to plan.
During the afternoon of the 21.11.1941 the Division conducted a successful defense against the new enemy attacks from an intermediate position. On this day he would swiftly take advantage of an opportunity presented by the sally of the Panzer-Regiment 2 against Balabanow, personally leading weak elements of his Gefechtsgruppe in his own riposte that managed to bring in 400 prisoners.”