- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
- Führer, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 57, 9. Infanterie-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- June 9th, 1944
During the evacuation of the Nikopol bridgehead the German Grenadier-Regiment 57 received orders to widen the corridor around the withdrawal road in order to enable the evacuation of the German divisions from the bridgehead.
To this end, on the 08.02.1944, Hauptmann Bausch was tasked with leading the main thrust against the enemy in the Marinskoje—Woronzowka area. In this operation the capture of Michailowka would be decisive for the German aims. Although the unit immediately on the right of Bausch’s Bataillon made swift progress and soon reached the village edge, Bausch’s own unit quickly ran into a much larger defending force just after setting out. The attack bogged down after two Kompanie commanders and the Bataillon adjutant all fell in battle, and the Bataillon’s individual units threatened to become separated from each other.
In this situation Hauptmann Bausch moved to the foremost line, gathered up the leaderless Kompanien and stormed the Soviet positions. After bitter close combat the Germans managed to emerge victorious, and in the process the German inflicted heavy losses while also capturing abundant weaponry. After reaching a road, Bausch himself observed a Soviet force with about 200 men pulling back in his direction. He thus regrouped his forces, brought his Grenadiers into position behind a hedgerow and awaited the Soviets. He allowed them to come within 150 metres before ordering his soldiers to open fire, and the Soviet force was slaughtered in a one-sided action.
By this time the right neighbouring unit found itself unable to make any further progress into the western part of Michailowka. Bausch thus led his Grenadiers into the village himself and was able to eliminate one resistance nest after another. Bausch personally directed the movements of individual squads, and the village ultimately fell into German hands during the afternoon of this day.
Hauptmann Bausch’s achievements here played a major part in allowing the 7 German divisions in the bridgehead to pull out successfully. He would therefore be awarded the Knight’s Cross later that year.