- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Chef 2. / Flak-Regiment 111 (motorisiert)
- Awarded on:
- October 17th, 1941
On 08.10.1941 the Soviets launched a major assault on the positions of the German 58. Infanterie-Division, which was positioned on the Baltic coast near Urizk. The attacking force consisted of about 50 tanks. Among the defending troops present were Hauptmann Pizala and his 2./Flak-Regiment 111, equipped with 8.8 cm Flak guns. Pizala ordered his guns to go into position and in a short time they destroyed 25 enemy tanks. Of these, Pizala personally destroyed 9 at a range of 150-200 metres as the gunner of one of his cannons. For this action, as well as his previous accomplishments in the Western campaign, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.