- Second World War (1939-1945)
- General der Artillerie (Lieutenant-General of Artillerie)
- Kommandierender General, VIII. Armeekorps, Heer
- Awarded on:
- September 4th, 1940
During the battle of France Heitz distinguished himself with his Korps during the efforts to breach the Meuse as well as in combat near Maubeuge and SW of Valenciennes. However his greatest achievement would be during the fighting to overcome the Paris defensive position. Here Heitz and his VIII. Armee-Korps began crossing the Oise river near Parmain on the 10.06.1940, and after two days of battle had managed to completely break through the western flank of the Paris defensive position.
In recognition of his skillful leadership Heitz would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.