- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur 268.Infanterie-Division / XII. Armee-Korps / 1.Armee
- Awarded on:
- July 19th, 1940
On the first two days of his division's attack on the Maginot line Straube was able to brilliantly orchestrate the fire of his artillery onto the Hoste-Haut and the heights to the south of it, thus permitting a break-in into the enemy defenses by his men. In the ensuing breakthrough battle between Saaralben and Püttlingen Straube, under enemy fire, was able to personally resolve a crisis in the battle and so permit the final crushing of the enemy bunker defenses and the final breakthrough. Through the skillful exploitation of these successes he facilitated a victorious outcome for the whole XII. Armeekorps. Furthermore, during a later battle on the Rhine-Marne Canal at Lagarde, Straube once again overcame a crisis and crushed the enemy defences along the canal.
For these decisive actions during the battle of France Straube was decorated with the Knight's Cross.