- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Führer II./Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 / 1.Gebirgs-Division / XXXXIX.Gebirgs-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
- Awarded on:
- December 23rd, 1942
The following excerpt describes Hirschfeld’s Oakleaves action as follows…
“During the battle of Barwenkowo, taking place in May 1942, Harald von Hirschfeld launched a forward thrust with his Bataillon that penetrated to a depth of 10 km. It managed to reach the enemy artillery positions, and the Bataillon was able to capture several batteries in hard close-combat.
On the evening of the 17.08.1942, during the fighting in the Caucasus, he stormed the important 2816 metre high Kluchor Pass (which was of crucial importance for the continued friendly operations). After this he was decisively involved in the friendly thrust northeast of Tuapse. Here, under his outstanding leadership, his Gebirgsjäger broke through 12 enemy defensive positions (while storming over 350 bunkers in the process) during two weeks of hard fighting. The exemplary military performance of this frontline officer, who had been wounded no less than 8 times, was considered worthy of the award of the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross.”