- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Obergefreiter (Corporal)
- Gruppenführer 6. / Grenadier-Regiment 545
- Awarded on:
- April 14th, 1945
During the final battles near Danzig in early 1945, Obergefreiter Plein proved to be one of the most outstanding German soldiers. Though the details are largely unclear, it is known that he developed a special attack/defense strategy with his handful of troops and executed it splendidly in crisis situations through his personally conducted counterthrusts. For this he would be awarded the Knight’s Cross and both classes of Iron Cross simultaneously.