- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Obergefreiter der Reserve
- MG-Schütze 6. / Grenadier-Regiment 365 / 211.Infanterie-Division / LV.Armee-Korps / 2.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- August 17th, 1943
On the 11.07.1943 the Soviets attacked the positions of the Grenadier-Regiment 365 (northwest of Orel) with a division of their own. They were aided here by the dense brush and numerous gullies, which enabled them to approach the German lines with abundant quantities of cover. Among the defenders was machine-gunner Bonk and 7 soldiers from his squad, who fought bitterly to repel the attackers from a forward trench.
When a group of Soviet soldiers moved to bypass him Bonk realized that he could not get a good field of fire from his position. Thus, in the midst of heavy mortar fire, he repositioned his MG position further to the left on his own initiative. From here he was able to pour deadly fire into the advancing Soviets from the flank. By constantly repositioning and then fighting with his MG he was able to smash several Soviet companies over the course of two days and nights.
The Soviets eventually suspended their attacks in this sector, and Bonk would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for his actions here.