- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Kommandeur Panzer-Abteilung 5
- Awarded on:
- December 5th, 1943
Awarded for his actions during the fighting in the sector of Heeresgruppe Mitte during mid-November 1943, as described in the following chronology…
14.11.1943: Deployed with his battalion on the left wing of the Division west of Kirijewa, where he was employed successfully in the recapture of the old main battle line here.
15.11.1943: Destroyed 24 enemy tanks with his battalion.
16.11.1943: Destroyed/disabled a further 14 enemy tanks.
17.11.1943: Deployed to a 1 km gap in the German frontline near Novo Selo. The infantry there had been forced to abandon their small arms while retreating through the thick mud. Rettemeier ordered his tanks to remove their MGs, SMGs, grenades and small arms munitions and give them to the infantrymen. Their officers having fallen, he then led them in a counterattack that retook the old main battle line. The Soviets then attacked this position again in 3 waves from Novo Selo, but were crushed by the defenders.