- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- Commander Grenadier-Regiment 548
- Awarded on:
- August 9th, 1942
Oberst Mosel and his Infanterie-Regiment 548 were attached to the 161. Infanterie-Division on the 04.08.1942. After personally reconnoitring the enemy situation and terrain, Mosel led the II./Infanterie-Regiment 548 in a counterattack that retook the decisive portion of the old German line on the same day. In the following night Mosel twice personally led counterattacks to clear up local crises.
The next day, at 22:00, as the Soviets scattered his right Bataillon with tanks Mosel fought through the enemy vehicles to reach his northern Bataillon and from here defended a key road against a fierce Soviet assault for over 3 hours. On the 06.08.1942 the Regiment was only able to maintain its integrity against an attack by 2 battalions supported by 12 tanks through the personal devotion to duty of Mosel himself. By successfully holding this position, Mosel permitted the crossing over the Wasusa river at Subzoff that took place later on. His actions here also helped to prevent a Soviet breakthrough SE of Rzhev, though it cost him very bad injuries. Mosel would subsequently be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.