Awarded for his actions during Operation Barbarossa. After breaking through the Soviet border security east of Schoßbach Lützow led his Regiment in a 65 km that reached the attack objective of Szeszupa. Later, during the attack on Kowno, he and his Regiment formed a bridgehead over the Njemen while capturing two forts despite having had to fight through bitter resistance by enemy Kyrgyzstani and Tatar regiments. On the 15-16.07.1941 the Regiment especially distinguished itself near Putoschka. Finally, after hard fighting, the Regiment reached the line Nikitina-Kokotschina and from here were able to repel all tank-supported enemy breakthrough attempts. This last victory was of special importance for securing the encirclement of several enemy divisions near Newel.