- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- Führer, 126. Infanterie-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- February 7th, 1944
On the 19.01.1944 the 126. Infanterie-Division was surrounded by a thrust of 60 Soviet tanks towards Kipen. In response Oberst Fischer, the divisional commander, decided to break out south of Kozelewo towards Telesi. Himself marching just behind the infantry spearhead, the breakout succeeded at around midnight on the following night. The following the area south of the Krassnoje Sselo-Kipen road was reached, signalling the completion of the breakout.
Later, on the 25.01.1944, a crisis near Woiskowizy was mastered by the Division, and 50 enemy tanks were destroyed. On the following night the Grenadier-Regiment 426 managed to break out to Kiwi Jarwi (about 5 km southwest of Gattschina) after being encircled in Parizy.
Fischer would receive the Knight’s Cross for his sound decision-making during this time, which saved his Division from annihilation as well as a collapse of the frontline in the area.