Heinrich Schüler reached the rank of Oberst der Reserve.
Awarded for his outstanding leadership during the retreat of the 298. Infanterie-Division back to the Donez river in early 1943. In the process the division would be encircled a total of three times by the enemy, but was each time able to break out and continue its movement until it reached Malinovka, SW of Izyum. Schüler would particularly distinguish himself during this time.