Awarded posthumously. On 26.06.1944 the Ptitsch bridges (Hoßbach bridges) near Karpitovka were blocked off by the Soviets, thus cutting off the retreat route of several divisions. Colonel Wesche, recognizing the situation, took over all available forces on the left wing of his division and defeated the Soviet blocking force. With the troops under his command that had broken through he set up a new defensive front to the west and from there was able to hinder further Soviet moves. In this fighting Colonel Wesche was killed the next day on 27.06.1944.