- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- Kommandeur, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 100, 5. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- June 21st, 1941
Here follows an excerpt from Utz's Knight's Cross justification...
"In the fighting around Lutra Oberst Utz, commander of Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 100, has by an extremely skillful and independent maneuver of his offensive group succeeded in forcing the surrender of the rest of the English (256 officers, 9,103 NCOs and men along with assorted equipment), and thus played a major role in ending the struggle for Crete. This was accomplished despite a numerical inferiority of 10 - 1. Even earlier than this, during the battle of the Metaxas Line, Utz distinguished himself in breaking through the fortifications around Keikaja, Sattelbunker and Arpaluki. By this action he was then able to turn north and bring relief to the hard pressed Infanterie-Regiment 125 during the evening of 08.04.1941."