- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
- Chef 4. / Panzeraufklärungs-Bataillon 120
- Awarded on:
- October 8th, 1943
During the fighting in the late summer of 1943, the Russians created considerable difficulties for the Aufklärungs-Abteilung 120 from one particular hill. To permanently deal with the problem, Oberleutnant Hoyer was issued an order to capture it. However instead of executing the order immediately, he demonstrated the value of his combat experience by instead going back around 20 kilometres with the soldiers assigned to him. He did this in order to properly prepare his troops for the task in a safe environment.
Hoyer and his troops then captured the hill with relatively few casualties. For the brave and professionally conducted execution of his orders the commander would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.