- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Commander Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 346
- Awarded on:
- September 10th, 1944
Awarded for the recapture and holding of the heights near Troarn, SE of Caen. In mid-July 1944 the Allies broke through the positions of the 346. Infanterie-Division. Obstfelder received the mission to occupy and hold the high ground near Troarn, which was on the Division’s open flank. As the promised infantry reinforcements had not arrived due to the heavy enemy fire, Obstfelder rallied all the stragglers he could find around his guns, formed a Kampfgruppe and pushed the attacking British forces back in an energetic counterattack.
Through the destruction of 8 enemy tanks, numerous AT guns and infantrymen Obstfelder was able to buy the necessary time for a new defensive line to be formed and manned with the reinforcing soldiers. He would hold the heights at Troarn for 10 days, preventing the enemy from encircling his Division, until he was finally ordered to retreat from this position.