Awarded for his achievements during the summer of 1943, specifically...
1) The successes of his regiment during the opening days of the battle of Kursk. On the first day his regiment cleared multiple Soviet defensive positions and even freed a group of German prisoners. By the third day they had taken Luchanino and thereafter were involved in defending against multiple Soviet attacks between Hill 258.5 and Berezovka, launching many counterattacks of their own in the process.
2) His regiment's successful combat in the fourth battle of Kharkov. He blocked a Soviet attack on 12.08.1943 and later was credited with saving the division on 17.08.1943 when his battlegroup, fighting around Polewaj and at Hills 201 & 204, defeated a group of Soviet tanks that were attacking towards the southeast.