- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Stoßtruppführer Kampfgruppe "Krauth" / 15. / Totenkopf-Infanterie-Regiment
- Awarded on:
- October 4th, 1942
His Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"In the very hard fighting, he had developed into a very good leader. Personally brave, he always kept his high spirits. This was noticeable especially during emergencies.
On the Robja front, at Point 58, there were strong Russian positions that could fire upon the route to Nowosellje and on the Robja front, the main road and supply route to Ramuschewo, Omitschkino and Bjakowo. They caused heavy losses to our own men, so they had to be destroyed.
After detailed personal reconnaissance, in the early hours of the 10th of September 1942 the attack began. Using a rubber dinghy the men set out for the Robja. In go-getting style they smashed the enemy in their field positions. They penetrated further to the main enemy position and destroyed the whole garrison.
In bitter fighting with his men, they took ten heavy bunkers, seven trenches and twenty-two small bunkers. The losses to the enemy were over 150 dead. Zingel's group suffered one dead and one wounded before they returned to their own positions.
This decisive success is to be owed to the heroism of Zingel alone. He showed cold blooded assessment of the situation, highest personal courage, unusual decisiveness, boldness and high circumspect.
I ask that the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross is given to this brave leader in recognition of his heroism and the result he achieved."