- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
- Stabskompanie / Grenadier-Regiment 1077 / 542.Volks-Grenadier-Division
- Awarded on:
- February 18th, 1945
Helmut Banaski was awarded his Knight’s Cross for his actions during the bitter fighting of southeast Berlin. With only 250 men, Banaski counter-attacked a Soviet offensive. Their actions repulsed the Soviets and allowed the evacuation of a field hospital and the escape of thousands of refugees.