Awarded for his command achievements over the course of the second half of 1943, which included the following actions...
1) The heavy fighting on 24.08.1943, where 147 Soviet tanks were destroyed in the sector of his regiment over the course of several hours.
2) Launching a bold counterattack into the flanks and rear of a Soviet tank unit that had broken through German lines towards the Dnieper, which was subsequently destroyed.
3) On 14.10.1943 the German defense in the Zaporozhye began to break down and the defending German infantry divisions lost their cohesion. Voigtsberger's division was ordered to cover their retreat to the western bank of the Dnieper. Grenadier Regiment 60 (mot.) was in the center of this position, defending the asphalt road that led from the steelworks to the dam. His troops fought bravely and were able to build up a new defensive line, and even when Soviet tanks infiltrated through a gorge and showed up right in front of the regimental command post he maintained control of the situation, destroying them with Sturmgeschütze and Panzerjäger. His troops were the last to cross over to the west bank of the Dnieper and the dam was then blown shortly afterwards according to plan.