- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
- 6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
- Awarded on:
- June 9th, 1944
On the morning of 08.02.1944 the Allies launched an attack on the German positions NW of Cassino with strong forces. Here they managed to capture Hill 593 and thus threaten the whole German front in the area. In this critical moment Oberfeldwebel Menges launched a counterattack with his Kompanie on his own initiative. Despite the difficult terrain and the heavy enemy fire he was able to recapture the crucial height from the enemy.
Later, on 11.02.1944, the Allies were able to achieve a break-in at the German frontline between Hill 593 and the Schützenhöhe following a heavy artillery barrage. Oberfeldwebel Menges once again launched an independent counterattack with his Kompanie that threw back the enemy following bitter close combat. He then held the recaptured frontline against further enemy attacks.
For his successes during the fighting here Menges would receive the Knight’s Cross.