- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
- Führer Pionier-Kompanie / Jäger-Regiment 83
- Awarded on:
- September 2nd, 1944
On the morning of the 29.07.1944 the Soviets launched a major attack along the whole sector of the 28. Jäger-Division. The German munition shortage at this time was critical, and the artillery were unable to provide effective blocking fire. As such the Soviets were able to achieve several penetrations, which the defenders could only hope to contain.
Particularly bitter fighting took place at Hill 151.5, west of Starosielce on the right wing of the Jäger-Regiment 83. Here the Soviets broke through on both sides of the regimental Pionier-Kompanie led by Leutnant Leuschner, surrounding the hill. However Leuschner and his men fought bitterly for control of the hill and ensured the enemy could not advance past this point.
After Sturmgeschütze were able to reinforce the defenders on the hill, Leuschner resolved to use his increased combat power to best effect. Rather than merely defend the hill, Leuschner launched a counterattack with his men in order to resolve the dangerous situation along the whole right wing of the Regiment. With his men he was able to restore contact with the main German line, albeit being wounded. He nonetheless stayed with his troops until the arrival of further reinforcements and the final stabilizing of the situation. For his performance during this battle he would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.