- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- Kommandeur, Jäger-Regiment 38, 8.Infanterie-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- May 20th, 1942
Eckhardt’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“Oberst Eckhardt has already distinguished himself in the Polish and French campaigns as a Bataillon and Regiment commander. On the 25.01.1942 he was awarded the German Cross in Gold for his service during the previous year in Russia.
Now Oberst Eckhardt has once again distinguished himself during the heavy fighting that started on the 21.03.1942 and eventually led to the restoration of contact with the encircled II. Armee-Korps. Through his determined, confident leadership and high devotion to duty he had a major share in the breakthrough of the enemy position at Iwanowskoje on the 21.03.1942. These qualities produced the same result during the successful attack against Ramuschowo (Lowatj) on the 20.04.1942.
During the course of the fighting on the 23.03.1942 a strong enemy thrust was launched into the flank of the Jäger-Regiment 38. Oberst Eckhardt had his command post just behind the foremost line in Podzepotschje, and it was his actions that resulted in the containment of this thrust. He subsequently launched a counterthrust and in doing so retook the vital Hill 51.7, located about a kilometre south of Podzepotschje. Fighting in the foremost line while under effective enemy infantry fire, Oberst Eckhardt gave an example of the highest bravery. The occupation of Hill 51.7 was invaluable for the continuation of the attack towards the east, as it shielded the southern flank of this advance.”