- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Unteroffizier (Corporal)
- Gruppenführer 10. / Schützen-Regiment 52 / 18. Panzer-Division
- Awarded on:
- July 24th, 1941
Awarded for having a decisive role in capturing the Beresina crossings in an intact state on the 01.07.1941. He was among the first soldiers to storm onto the road bridge, disabling the explosive charges on the bridge as he did so. In doing so he was massively involved in securing the forward march of his Division. He would be badly wounded on the following day while advancing to the second bridge.