- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Vizeadmiral (Rear-admiral)
- Kommandierender Admiral Ägäis
- Awarded on:
- October 28th, 1944
Awarded for his command of German naval forces in the Aegean sea. Through his planning and leadership of the many operations here he played a major part in the German naval successes in this area. He also secured the naval supply of the German held Greek islands for a year and thereafter conducted the relatively bloodless execution of his assigned evacuation objectives.