- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Fernsprecher II. / (niederländische) SS-Freiwilliges-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 "De Ruyter"
- Awarded on:
- November 16th, 1944
In the late summer of 1944, as the Narva front was pushed further into Estonia, SS-Rottenführer found himself on standby near a friendly vehicle park when he became aware of an imminent enemy presence. Knowing the catastrophe that would result from the loss of so many vehicles, he rallied his nearby comrades and led them into battle against the attacking enemy. After Strapatin had personally destroyed two enemy tanks with the Panzerfaust (raising his total of destroyed tanks to four), he and his group were able to defeat the accompanying enemy infantry.
The Soviet attack was repulsed, and as a result of his actions not only was the vehicle park saved from destruction, but also a nearby battalion command post. For this decisive success Strapatin was awarded the Knight's Cross.