- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Kommandeur Pionier-Bataillon 29 (Motorisiert) / 29. Panzergrenadier-Division
- Awarded on:
- September 11th, 1943
Awarded for his successes commanding the Pionier-Bataillon (mot) 29 during its demolition and mining missions along the road that ran parallel to the northern coast of Sicily. In this time he would repeatedly distinguish himself by not just doing those missions he was assigned, but also through his mining/demolition of routes that were not present on any maps and that only he knew about.
On one occasion he also played a major role in enabling friendly forces to retreat. After a bridge over a dry riverbed (which had been heavily mined) was destroyed by allied naval guns, he and a handful of Pionieren created a lane through the dry riverbed that permitted all German vehicles and heavy weapons to pass through in spite of strong enemy attempts at interference. On another occasion he engaged and halted an allied pursuit thrust, bringing heavy losses to the enemy forces involved.
For the sum of these successes he would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.