- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Batterie offizier, 1. Batterie, I. Abteilung, Flak-Regiment 13 (mot), Luftwaffe
- Awarded on:
- February 3rd, 1943
The following press notice describes why Bretschneider was awarded the Knight’s Cross…
“Whilst defending against an enemy breakthrough attempt conducted with strong tank forces, Oberwachtmeister Heinz Bretschneider destroyed 3 enemy tanks on the 01.01.1943 and another 9 on the following day as the leader of a Luftwaffe Flak unit. During the battle the Oberwachtmeister made the independent decision to give up his assigned position and take up a much more favourable one for his cannon. His success here contributed significantly to the course of the combat and heavily contributed to the security of an important supply road.”
Was simultaneously promoted to Leutnant.