warded for actions on 01.02.1945, during the Fourth Battle of Courland. South of Frauenburg the Soviets had succeeded in breaking into the German lines and capturing a commanding height. With nine men and an MG-squad Major Ruhl led a counterattack to retake this position. Despite being outnumbered heavily by the enemy, they were nonetheless able to push him off the hill with heavy losses following bitter close combat. This success was largely due to the personal example and bravery of Major Ruhl himself, who fought at the front with his men. He was thus recognized appropriately.