- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
- Führer, 3. Kompanie, Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 59, 8. Panzer-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- September 22nd, 1941
On 20.08.1941 the Soviets launched an attack into the flank of the 8. Panzer-Division on the Luga-Leningrad road, and threatened to achieve a break-in. Recognizing the impending danger, Oberleutnant Schneider and his company assembled to strike the attacking force (which had a strength of two companies plus heavy weapons) in the flank. His counterattack was successful and the enemy suffered losses of 50 dead, as well as 90 prisoners and 2 Pak, 4 HMGs & 1 mortar captured.
For his success in securing the Division’s flank Schneider ensured that its attack was able to continue without interruption. As such he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.