- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Kommandeur, Pionier-Bataillon 31, 31. Infanterie-Division
- Awarded on:
- January 7th, 1944
Following the German evacuation of Gomel on the 26.11.1943, Soviet troops infiltrated into the forested Beresina-Dnieper triangle. The Germans tried to clear them out but the Soviets beat them to the chase, moving in a Guards Tank Corps and sending it on a 20 km advance towards the northwest. On the 28.11.1943 the Soviets took the village of Paporotnoje, threatening to achieve a full operational breakthrough that could have disastrous consequences for the whole Armee.
In response the Germans dispatched whatever troops could be mustered, including the Pionier-Bataillon 31 under the command of Hauptmann Kalbitz, to the area and after a bitter fight the enemy intentions were checked. For his role in securing this result Kalbitz would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.