- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur, Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 39, 3. Panzer-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- December 30th, 1943
Major Schwing received the Knight’s Cross for the actions of his Pioneer battalion on 3 December 1943. The battalion came under attack at 0600 in the morning but was able to hold its positions. Afterwards, as the Soviets reorganized, the battalion launched a counterattack of its own, taking the Russians by surprise and inflicting heavy losses. Following up on their success they proceeded to the fortified village of Kirolowka, which they captured despite stubborn Soviet resistance by 1530 that day. In doing so they eliminated a threat to the division’s flank.