- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Kommandeur III. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
- Awarded on:
- October 31st, 1944
Awarded in recognition of his wartime service, culminating in his actions during the second half of August 1944. During this time the 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division fought to prevent a breakthrough by British troops into the Po valley. In this context Renisch and his III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 defended the city of Pesaro (at the mouth of the Foglia river) for two days after an enemy breakthrough in the neighbouring sector. Despite being encircled in the process the result of this was that the main road through the city remained blocked long enough for the Germans to reform the frontline behind the city. Then Renisch led his battalion through the Allied lines back to the German positions at Rimini, taking advantage of the morning fog. Amazingly his battalion was able to pull this off without loss. Renisch would thus be recognized appropriately for his remarkable achievement here.