- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Führer Sturmartillerie-Brigade der Führer-Grenadier-Division "Großdeutschland"
- Awarded on:
- March 5th, 1945
Tornau won his Knight's Cross for actions at Nantikow (Pomerania), where he led a counterattack against a large Soviet armoured attack. He and his men halted the hostile offensive and thereby allowed thousands of wounded soldiers (as well as civilians) to flee west.