Awarded for the brave conduct of his Division around Stalingrad in the time period 22-28.11.1942. during its battles northeast of Wertjatschij. It resulted in the prevention of a Soviet breakout towards the Don bridges at the SW bend of the river, which in turn enabled the XI. Armee- and XIV. Panzer-Korps to cross to the southern bank and continue the fight around Stalingrad.
Later on his troops further distinguished themselves on 18.01.1943, when the men of the Artillerie-Regiment 176 (by now serving in the infantry role) succeeded in storming the Soviet positions by the collective farm at Bol Rossoschka.