- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
- Kommandeur, SS-Panzer-Pionier-Battalion 5, SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Wiking", Waffen-SS
- Awarded on:
- February 12th, 1943
Schäfer’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
"SS-Sturmbannführer Schäfer was with his Battalion on the 19.01.1943 as they were heading southeastwards towards Prolekarskaja on a broad front. In the night, during a bad blizzard, they were attacked by the enemy. His objective was to capture a bridge at Manytsch on the main Prolekarskaja-Ssalsk road. The Division held the bridgehead at Prolekarskaja and they had to prevent the enemy from taking it. SS-Sturmbannführer Schäfer took the decision to become the cornerstone of the defenses here with his battalion. He launched an attack against the enemy that had broken into the bridgehead by advancing around it in their vehicles. Hard fighting followed and the fall of Manytsch was prevented long enough for the Division to pass through and evade heavy losses. Schäfer was at the focal point of this attack during the hard fighting."