- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
- Zugführer, 6. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 13, 4. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- April 6th, 1943
The following divisional daily order, dated 07.04.1943, explains why Schlee would be awarded the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross…
“Since being awarded the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross, Oberfeldwebel Schlee has distinguished himself through his brave deeds during the fighting in the Caucasus as the leader of his Jäger platoon. In the memorable battles on the other side of the main ridge of the Caucasus, during the advance on Ssuchum, his determination and personal bravery on 26 & 28.08.1942 led to the following results…
The enemy was forced to abandon a village vital for his logistics; through the elimination of an enemy flank threat an important friendly supply route was finally secured; many Russians were either killed or captured and valuable captured weapons were acquired.
On 29.10.1942 Oberfeldwebel Schlee took over the command of the 6./Geb.Jäg.Rgt.13 during the heroic battles before Tuapse on the Sssmachscho ridge after the Kompanie leader was wounded. The next day, Schlee would also be wounded in action.
I congratulate Oberfeldwebel Schlee for receiving this high award on behalf of the whole Division, and hope that he will return to his Regiment after his recovery.”