- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
- Zugführer 1. / Panzejäger-Abteilung 101 / 101.Jäger-Division / XXXXIV.Armee-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
- Awarded on:
- June 2nd, 1943
The following excerpt from a divisional order-of-the-day (dated 05.06.1943) describes why Ochs would receive the Knight’s Cross…
“Despite being formally employed as a Panzerjäger, Oberfeldwebel Ochs initiated an infantry counterthrust on his own initiative and was able to smash a major hostile attack in close combat.
In the early morning hours of the 06.04.1943 enemy infantry managed to capture a strongpoint on the railroad embankment north of Krymskaja and thereafter 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 either rolled up from the flank or engaged from the rear. Recognizing this danger, Oberfeldwebel Ochs mustered a few men from his Zug as well as some Jäger on his own initiative. He then counterattacked the enemy with this small band, which was inspired by his daring bravery. After a three hour close-quarter battle the much larger and bitterly defending enemy force was pushed back 2 km, and the German strongpoint was once again recaptured.
This decisive success by Oberfeldwebel Ochs made such a strong impression on the enemy that they did not attempt to swing the tide of battle by sending in their own strong reserve forces that were standing by to expand the penetration at the time.”
Preliminary Award Document d.d. June 4th 1943.