- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Generalleutnant (Major-general)
- Kommandeur 13. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division / XXVIII. Armee-Korps / 18. Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
- Awarded on:
- April 5th, 1944
Awarded for his outstanding leadership of the 13. Feld-Division (L) during the fighting around Leningrad and the German retreat from the region in early 1944. As the Division pulled back through Kriwino, Tessowo, Sapolje-Uschnitza and Orodesh-Beloje it demonstrated both battlefield skill and a willingness to fight, breaking the conventional wisdom concerning the chronic inefficiency of such divisions. This abnormal performance was largely on account of the actions of its commander, who was recognized appropriately.