- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Commander II./Infanterie-Regiment 120
- Awarded on:
- July 25th, 1942
Awarded for successful combat in the second battle of Kharkov. On 17.05.1942 his battalion, fighting on the left wing of its parent regiment, was on the attack as part of the German effort to encircle Soviet forces. Willig, fighting at the front of his battalion, bypassed several Soviet resistance nests and stormed into the fortified village of Fidlerowo. In fierce close combat he and the lead elements of his battalion managed to wrest control of it. In doing so he brought relief to the right wing of the neighbouring German unit (100. Jäger-Division) and thus permitted the successful continuation of the German attack on the next day.