- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Generalmajor (Brigadier)
- Kommandeur 18.Panzer-Division / Panzergruppe 2 / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- July 24th, 1941
On the 01-02.07.1941 the 18. Panzer-Division achieved a great success near Borissow which was of great importance for the continuation of the German operations in the area, made possible only by Nehring’s well honed skill as a commander. Here the Soviets, by committing their elite troops taken from Moscow as well as large tank forces, attempted to prevent the Division from crossing over the Beresina river. Their efforts were however in vain, as the Division was able to force the crossing, capture the bridge undamaged and create a bridgehead despite the incessant Soviet counterattacks. Through the attaining of this objective, Nehring and his division facilitated the swift advance of the left wing of the Panzergruppe 2. Nehring would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross for this action.