- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur, Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung "Großdeutschland", Panzergrenadier-Division „Großdeutschland“, Heer
- Awarded on:
- October 23rd, 1944
On 05.10.1944 the Soviets launched a major onslaught on the positions of the 551. Volksgrenadier-Division, and were able to breach their lines on a wide front. In response to the attack the Germans deployed the Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung “Großdeutschland” north through Svendriai to Pazizme with the aim of guarding the small German bridgehead over the Zizme (near Tulkinciai) and the forest narrows behind it. To the north the enemy had already entered the forest west of Pakepsteniat. Schroedter decided to launch a counterattack into the attacking enemy force (roughly the size of a regiment) and was able to smash it, inflicting about 80 enemy dead and capturing 120 prisoners.
Despite the lack of heavy weapons the battalion continued its push. Despite the Soviets having moved up tanks and AT guns by this point, Schroedter’s men were nonetheless able to restore the old main battle line and free a trapped Kampfgruppe of Volksgrenadiers led by Hauptmann Licht. They were able to hold the newly won line until about 03:00 the next day, until the threat of encirclement forced them to retreat.
In light of the battalion’s success during this battle Schroedter would later receive the Knight’s Cross.