- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Kommandeur I. / Schützen-Regiment 66 / 13.Panzer-Division / III.Armee-Korps / Panzergruppe 1 / Heeresgruppe Süd
- Awarded on:
- September 12th, 1941
Brux’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“On the 19.-20.07.1941 the Bataillon leader of the I./Schützen-Regiment 66, Hauptmann Brux, was involved in the defense of the Perewo bridgehead over the Irpen river (southwest of Kiev) with his Bataillon minus one-and-a-half Schützen Kompanien. In this time he and his men bloody repelled eight massive assaults by a fresh Caucasian division, all of which had the support of heavy weapons up to the level of heavy artillery. Personally leading from the foremost line, he skillfully directed his Kompanien, heavy weapons and reserves according to a clear battle plan and fire plan. His personal commitment, example and leadership was invaluable in ensuring that the assaults of at least 3 Bolshevik regiments were smashed before they reached the main battle line.
After being relieved by weaker elements of another division on the night of the 19./20.07.1941, Hauptmann Brux continued to retain his elements deployed here just behind the bridgehead at his own behest, having clearly understood the Russian offensive aims at this location. As such, when the Russians did indeed overrun significant elements of the bridgehead garrison early on the next day, he was in a position to launch an independent counterattack with his own troops. After hard combat they were able to swiftly restore the situation. During this attack Hauptmann Brux fulfilled the requirements for the Infantry Assault Badge for the 6th time.
This same swift decisiveness of Hauptmann Brux would later bring the Division into full control of Korssum on the 31.07.1941. Personally fighting from the foremost line, he used a still available Kompanie from his Bataillon to strike from the eastern flank against a strong enemy force west of Korssum. After a brief yet ferocious firefight he managed to beat this enemy force. 10 howitzers (15 cm), 3 anti-tank guns, 3 heavy mortars and 500 prisoners were captured.
Hauptmann Brux’s Schützen-Bataillon is the only such unit to have been constantly subordinated to Panzer-Regiment 4 since the 22.06.1941. He has accompanied all our armoured attacks in his all-terrain car in order to swiftly direct his Bataillon on the basis of his own impression of the enemy.”