- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Führer, Grenadier-Regiment 689, 246. Volksgrenadier-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- February 14th, 1945
The 246. Volksgrenadier-Division made the following wartime announcement concerning why Bodendörfer was awarded the Knight’s Cross…
“The name Bodendörfer is connected with the difficult yet successful defensive battles of our Division during the Third and Fourth Battles of Aachen. In this time his Regiment had the mission of defending the Schophoven-Pier bridgehead (about 5 km south of Jülich) and thereby hold open the Roer crossings.
Starting on the 07.12.1944 the enemy repeatedly assailed the positions of the Regiment with strong support from both tanks and artillery, and the Regiment in turn defended itself with great bitterness under the energetic leadership of its commander.
On the 10.12.1944 the enemy’s numerical superiority finally produced a result, and they managed to enter into Pier with tanks by attacking from 2 sides. Prior to this Hill 103.1 had also fallen into enemy hands, and from here it was possible to dominate both the rear area and the Roer crossings. This created a danger that the enemy would bypass our defenses and capture the Roer bridges from the north while also encircling Pier.
In this critical situation Oberstleutnant Bodendörfer gathered up all the soldiers he could find and launched a bold counterthrust against the superior enemy. Following tough close combat he managed to clear Pier of the enemy, and the important Hill 103.1 was also capturing while pursuing the fleeing enemy. During this time 4 tanks were destroyed in close combat. Oberstleutnant Bodendörfer thus restored an extremely critical situation through his bold initiative and highest personal dedication. The situation would have otherwise led to the cutting off of his Regiment and the lost of the Roer bridges.
The enemy was prevented from accomplishing their aim due to the bravery and steadfastness of Oberstleutnant Bodendörfer and his Grenadiers.
This exemplary and decisive deed has found its recognition through the award of the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross.”