- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Melder 6. / Infanterie-Regiment 473 / 253.Infanterie-Division
- Awarded on:
- September 26th, 1942
Hans Sturm was company runner in Infanterie-Regiment 473 in the 253. Infanterie-Division. During a Soviet attack, Sturm was ordered to assess the situation. As he was heading for a German machine gun position, a Soviet grenade knocked out the machine gun position. Sturm jumped in and resumed firing the machine gun at the advancing Soviets. A Soviet tank round landed nearby, wounding him severely. Despite his wounds he resumed firing the machine gun and throwing grenades until a relief force drove off the remaining enemy. It was later determined that his actions saved the regiment from being encircled.