- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur Kradschutzen Batallion 61 / 11. Panzer-Division / 4. Panzergruppe / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- December 31st, 1941
While leading the advance of the Vorausabteilung of his division von Usedom encountered a numerically superior Soviet force on the retreat. He was able to exploit the element of surprise and smashed through this group, with the objective of the river crossings just beyond. The road bridge proved too damaged to be of use, but von Usedom was able to reroute his forces to the south and they succeeded in seizing the railroad bridge there intact. They were then able to establish a bridgehead over the river. By this von Usedom and his battalion played a key role in facilitating the rapid advance of Kampfgruppe Angern and their subsequent penetration of the Stalin Line. He was thus awarded the Knight's Cross.