- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Zugführer 1. / Panzejäger-Abteilung 101 / 101.Jäger-Division / XXXXIV.Armee-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
- Awarded on:
- June 2nd, 1943
In the early morning hours of 06.04.1943 Soviet infantry managed to capture a strongpoint on the railroad embankment north of Krymskaja and thrust along the embankment up to the German main line. From here they threatened to cut off the Bataillon z.b.V. 500, positioned in the swampy ground east of the railroad, from its connection to the rear. There also was the possibility of two other Kampfgruppen being rolled up from the flank. Recognizing this danger, Oberfeldwebel Ochs mustered a few men from his platoon as well as some Jäger on his own initiative. He then counterattacked the enemy and, leading his men from the front, was able to push the enemy back 2 km and recapture the strongpoint after a three hour close-quarter battle.
For this act he would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Preliminary Award Document d.d. June 4th 1943.