- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Generalleutnant (Major-general)
- Kommandeur, 19. Panzer-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- March 6th, 1943
Awarded for his leadership of the 19. Panzer-Division during its battles through the winter of 1942/1943, and in particular for one major success at the start of December 1942. As the Soviets launched a major attack to break through the German frontline SE of Toropez, the 19. Panzer-Division was dispatched to counterattack them. Thanks to the Division’s careful preparation the Soviets were caught completely off guard, and Schmidt led his division well beyond its assigned objectives. He and his division were able to close the gap in the German frontline and thereby trap two enemy corps that had already broken through. Schmidt would then oversee the destruction of the trapped enemy forces.