- Second World War (1939-1945)
- General der Infanterie
- Kommandierender General XXXXIII.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
- Awarded on:
- September 18th, 1941
During Operation Barbarossa the swift advance of the XXXXIII. Armee-Korps meant that it was able to reach the Berezina river at Schazilki on the 10.08.1941 with all its divisions a full 3 days earlier than expected. The next day it crossed the Dnieper at Strechnin and succeeded in interdicting the Gomel-Shlobin railway line. By this move the Soviets were no longer able to prevent the encirclement and destruction of the 21st Army, despite dispatching truck-borne reinforcements from Gomel.
This success, of major importance for the successful conclusion of the Gomel-Shlobin pocket battle, was largely on account of Heinrici’s aggressive leadership and he was awarded the Knight’s Cross in recognition.