- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- Kommandeur Infanterie-Reigment 55
- Awarded on:
- September 8th, 1941
Before the large-scale German attack in the direction of Gomel in August 1941, Oberst Specht and his regiment seized a particularly strong enemy strongpoint at Weliky-Log and held it against fierce enemy counterattacks. Later on, he was able to break through the fortified positions at Rekta after only two hours via a flank attack, afterwards thrusting to a depth of 20 km into enemy territory.
By these actions he was able to contribute significantly to the German breakthrough battle north of Gomel, which in turn resulted in the encirclement and destruction of a considerable number of Soviet troops around and east of Rogachev. Specht was thus awarded the Knight's Cross.