- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
- Kommandeur Füsilier-Regiment 27 / 12.Infanterie-Division
- Awarded on:
- July 4th, 1944
In June 1944 the 12. Infanterie-Division was encircled in Mogilev. Oberstleutnant Engel was determined to break out and therefore took over leadership of the Division. He formed a Kampfgruppe using whatever forces were at hand, and it managed to fight its way through to Minsk while taking alone all wounded and dead. But upon arrival the Kampfgruppe was encircled once again, and once again Engel launched a breakout and was able to reach friendly lines at Baranowitschi. Meanwhile the bulk of the 12. Infanterie-Division was annihilated in the Tscherwen pocket during the time period 04.-06.07.1944.
Engel would receive the Knight’s Cross for his determined leadership, which enabled at least a few soldiers to escape under nigh-impossible circumstances.