- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Obergefreiter (Corporal)
- Gruppenführer 2. / Sturm-Regiment 195 / 78. Sturm-Division
- Awarded on:
- April 3rd, 1943
On 10.03.1942 the Soviets launched a major assault on the positions of the 78. Sturm-Division located near Dmitrowsk (close to Orel). The enemy forces were absorbed and destroyed by the defending forces through a combination of artillery fire and bitter close combat. Among the defenders was Emil Roßhart. He went through belt after belt at his MG-position, breaking the Soviet assault in his sector. As the battle progressed however he noticed that that the enemy had broken into the sector of the adjacent German platoon. Roßhart thus changed his position and brought the enemy attack to a standstill via MG fire from the flank. Shortly afterwards a friendly counterattack was able to stabilize the situation for good.
For his role in ensuring the integrity of the German front in this sector, which helped to thwart an enemy encirclement of friendly forces, Roßhart would receive the Knight’s Cross.