- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Unteroffizier (Corporal)
- Zugführer 2. / Pionier-Bataillon 37 / 1. Panzer-Division
- Awarded on:
- October 18th, 1941
Awarded for his actions during Operation Barbarossa. During the fighting of Heeresgruppe Nord he boldly captured a heavy naval gun and then rolled up the adjacent trenches that served as a bulwark for a strong enemy defensive system which secured the commanding Hill 167 (located east of Duderhof). This success was of great importance for the further advance of the main German assault Bataillon and the eventual occupation of the hill. The fall of Hill 167 deprived the Russian artillery and leadership of a vital observation post in the area, and the importance of this act was not lost on Fritsch’s commanding officers either.