- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- stellvertretender Führer 72.Infanterie-Division / III.Panzer-Korps / 8.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
- Awarded on:
- November 28th, 1943
Starting on the 14.11.1943 Oberst Hohn and his battered Division were stationed as the primary defenders of the city of Cherkassy, a cornerstone of the Dnieper front, against a much superior enemy. On the 15.11.1943, in response to the formation of the dangerous enemy bridgehead around Swidowok, Hohn launched a flank attack that got as far as Swidowok itself by dangerously exposing the remainder of his front. The risk paid off however, and by doing so he prevented the penetration of strong enemy forces into the flank and rear of the German lines.
Later, on the 22.11.1943, the Soviets launched a powerful combined arms assault with 7 regiments backed up with AFVs and artillery. It managed to create a broad gap in the German frontline and penetrate into the rear of the defense, while advancing eastwards. Coupled with the simultaneous massed assaults east of Cherkassy itself, there was a real danger the city would be encircled. In response Hohn made the independent decision to send a Kampfgruppe from the south into the flank and rear of the penetrating enemy, which busted open the encirclement ring southeast of Cherkassy. Hohn would subsequently play a major role in destroying the enemy forces that were trapped by this maneuver.
He would later be awarded the Knight’s Cross for his notable defensive achievements during this time.