- Second World War (1939-1945)
- General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-general)
- 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. Responding to this new situation Paulus, by stripping forces from his Armee’s northern sector was able to throw in additional troops to the SE of Kharkov and thus ensure the swift destruction of the trapped Soviet forces.