- Second World War (1939-1945)
- stellvertretender Gruppenführer, 7. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26, 24. Panzer-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- July 27th, 1944
Awarded following his division's assaults against Soviet positions in Romania during the late spring of 1944. On 02.06.1944, following friendly artillery prep, the Panzergrenadiers of the 24. Panzer-Division were able to break into the opposing defensive works. During this fighting Tesch and his handful of men were able to seize control of a heavily fortified enemy strongpoint (containing 53 flamethrowers), located between the villages of Horlesti and Zahorna, in a lightning attack. The swift capture of this strongpoint was of great importance for the continuation of the Division's attack, and it was as a result of this achievement (during which he was wounded twice) that Tesch was decorated with the Knight's Cross.