- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Obergefreiter (Corporal)
- MG-Schütze Stabskompanie / Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 32 / 12. Panzer-Division / 2.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- March 31st, 1943
During February 1943 the Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 32 was in position about 50 km northeast of Orel. The Soviets launched a tank-supported attack against this Bataillon in the middle of the month. Obergefreiter Arndt was thus given the task of proceeding to the forward strongpoint “Dora” and delivering orders for its garrison to pull back to the primary defensive strongpoint “Cäsar”.
Arndt had barely passed on these orders when the Soviets were upon the defenders. A tank opened up direct fire on Arndt himself, however Arndt managed to keep control over his nerves and allow the tank to come closer before destroying it with a T-mine. Despite the warnings of his comrades, Arndt remained in the strongpoint as the garrisoning Kompanie pulled back. Totally alone, he engaged the attacking Soviets with a captured co-axial machine-gun. A deadly game of cat and mouse followed, however Arndt was repeatedly able to evade the Soviets via an underground pipe system that the attackers were unaware of. Using this system, he was able to repeatedly appear in the Soviet rear and inflict heavy losses. He ultimately managed to return to the primary defensive strongpoint while also taking back 10 prisoners.
Arndt thereby managed to prevent a potentially devastating breakthrough despite being all on his own. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross for his bravery.