- Second World War (1939-1945)
- General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
- Oberbefehlshaber 6. Armee
- Awarded on:
- August 26th, 1942
Awarded for his handling of the 6. Armee during the Second Battle of Kharkov. Utilizing all available forces, Paulus was able to hold the front NE of Kharkov while keeping the Soviet southern spearhead under control long enough for the attack of the 1. Panzer-Armee to cut it off. Paulus then responded to this new development by stripping forces from his Armee’s northern sector and committing these additional forces to the SE of Kharkov, thereby ensuring the swift destruction of the trapped Soviet forces.