- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Unteroffizier der Reserve (Corporal of Reserves)
- Zugführer, 10. Kompanie, III. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 209, 58. Infanterie-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- September 3rd, 1940
During the urban combat at St. Evre (a suburb of Toul) on the 19./20.06.1940, Unteroffizier Hein was able to achieve successes of great importance for the flow of the battle that also spared his Bataillon the pain of unnecessary casualties. During the attack on the suburb the right wing of the Bataillon was left open and it began taking heavy fire from houses that contained previously unidentified Allied forces. The Bataillon took significant losses and the entire assault threatened to stall. In response Hein took a squad from his Zug on his own initiative, and with this small unit he was able to clear the houses of the opponent. He would receive the Knight’s Cross for this action.
212th Heer Award.