- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
- Kommandeur, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 128, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- September 5th, 1944
Oberleutnant Stichtenoth was the commander of Pz.Gr.Rgt. 128 in the summer of 1944. During this time its parent division, 23rd Panzer Division, was engaged in heavy fighting in Poland. On 1 August the division was assigned the task of advancing along the east bank of the Weichsel to the city of Baranov, where the Russians had established a bridgehead. Its orders were to capture the city and cut off the bridgehead from its supply line. Despite their reaching and opening fire on the ferry traffic next to Baranov, the Russians counterattacked at the base of the advance and cut off the elements of the division that had made it to the bridgehead, including Stichtenoth’s regiment. At this stage Stichtenoth formed a Kampfgruppe of these elements, and on the night of 4/5 August led a breakout south towards the German lines. With minimal losses he led his men to safety through 12km of hostile territory, destroying ten Soviet AFVs in the process. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross for this action.
According to the Soldbuch awarded on 8-11-1944.