- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Führer Grenadier-Regiment 245 / 88. Infanterie-Division
- Awarded on:
- April 3rd, 1943
Awarded for his actions in early 1943. During this time he and his Regiment had the mission of serving as the attacking spearhead of the VII. Armee-Korps within the Stari Oskol area in order to secure the Korps’ withdrawal movement towards the west. The Regiment later received an additional mission of thrusting towards Gut Michailowka and then subsequently opening up the crossroads at the Stushen river. To this end it assembled a force for the completion of this task on the evening of the 02.02.1943 in the village of Lukjanowka (about 10 km WNW of Stari Oskol) consisting of its II. Bataillon, the Pionier-Bataillon 215 and the III./Artillerie-Regiment 188. Major Bruns himself was killed while leading the fierce fighting for the Stushen river, however under his leadership the Regiment was able to establish the preconditions for the later breakthrough towards Manturowo. He would be recognized appropriately for this feat.