Awarded for his capture of an enemy artillery battery near Hindu (by the SW corner of Dagö) on 12.10.1941, conducted under his own initiative. Through eliminating this enemy unit it was possible for the 61. Infanterie-Division to bring up further reinforcements (especially artillery) over the Soela Sound from Soela to Soru and land them without losses. He also contributed indirectly to the capture of the other enemy batteries in the area. Pestke thus had a decisive share in the swift and relatively bloodless capture of the island of Dagö.