- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major (Squadron Leader)
- Kommandeur II./Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1
- Awarded on:
- July 9th, 1941
Awarded for the following actions during the battle of Crete...
1) Capturing the southern part of Hill 107 on the afternoon of 20.05.1941. Undertaken by the 5. and 7. Kompanien, it resulted in the capture of 4 officers and 100 men.
2) Taking over temporary command of the Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1 at a critical moment in the battle.
3) Playing a major part in seizing the heavily fortified heights around Galatas on 25.05.1940. After the supporting Gebirgsjäger battalion on the right began to run into difficulties, he threw his weight behind the developing flank attack from the south that had been started by Leutnant Barmetler. This led into the rear of the opponent, resulting in his collapse. Stentzler thus played a crucial role in securing these positions.
In his report following the battle of Crete, Kurt Student himself had the following to say concerning Major Stentzler...
"It is thanks to the courageous and selfless efforts of Major Stentzler that Crete could be captured from the enemy."