Despite being wounded in the neck, Prüß decided to go against his medical advice and remained with his troops, taking over the acting command of the II. Bataillon after its commander had become a casualty. Shortly afterwards the Soviets succeeded in breaking into the neighbouring sector in battalion strength. In response Prüß independently moved against this enemy force at the head of just 30 men and was able to clear up the break-in. Recognizing that the focal point of the Soviet attack was here, Prüß remained in the sector Sorau-Sagan and on the same afternoon of that day launched three successful counterattacks. A result of these was the capture of considerable quantities of enemy materiel and prisoners. In recognition of this success Prüß would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.