- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur I./Kavallerie-Schützen-Regiment 11
- Awarded on:
- November 28th, 1940
During the pursuit of French forces in the Fall Rot stage of the battle of France, Major Schmalz and his troops were able to capture the bridge over the Loire at Allier despite there being no specific order to do so. The capture of this bridge, as well as another crossing over the river at Nevers, was in conjunction with the formation of a German bridgehead at La Charte on the previous day of crucial importance for the continuation of German operations. It ensured that the French were not able to create a new defensive line along this river and that the German pursuit operations between the Loire and the Swiss border could continue without interruption. For his contribution here Schmalz would receive the Knight’s Cross.