Awarded for his command achievements during the Soviet winter offensive of 1945. During the opening days of the offensive his men fought valiantly against the enemy onslaught, destroying 50 enemy tanks on the 14th of January, 48 on the 15th and 120 on the 16th. After the fighting near Zichenau the Division was forced to pull back to the Nogat sector.
With hastily cobbled forces von Rappard was able to repel enemy attacks at Marienburg and Elbing via counterattacks of his own. On 10.02.1945 the Division then assumed control of the rest of Kampfgruppe Schoepffer, which had defended Elbing until then. von Rappard was after this able to prevent an enemy breakthrough to Danzig with his Division.