During the Second World War Curt Schille finally reached the rank of Major. After the war he served with the Bundeswehr and reached the rank of Oberstleutnant.
Awarded for the following actions in the summer of 1944…
1) During the heavy fighting SE of Polozk following the start of Operation Bagration, on 25.06.1944, the Fusilier-Bataillon 24 was ordered to clean up an enemy break-in in the sector of the left neighbour. After the fall of its commander the attack stalled. At this point Major Schille joined the battle with his 3./Pionier-Bataillon 24, and taking along two Sturmgeschütze was able to revitalize the pinned Fusiliers, seal off the enemy break-in and defeat all the further enemy attacks in this sector.
2) On 18.07.1944 the Division took up a new defensive line between the Sivera and Dagda lakes. In the evening hours of the next day the Soviets attacked this new line with strong forces and created a deep break-in. The Pionier-Bataillon 24 was immediately dispatched to the area and managed to seal it off. Later, during a reconnaissance for a further counterattack, Major Schille along with just his Adjutant and an ordnance officer penetrated into an enemy tank assembly area. Here they knocked out three enemy tanks with Panzerfausts. When the enemy began their renewed assault in the morning, Schille’s battalion staff was hit and Schille himself was badly wounded. As those around him prepared to evacuate him, Schille perceived that his absence would cause his troops to fail in their defense. Leaving his stretcher, Schille went to the frontline once again and with a loud “Hurra” stormed forward with his men. The line was successfully held.