- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Großdeutschland"
- Awarded on:
- April 14th, 1943
Played a major role in the German victory at Borissovka on 14.03.1943, during the Third Battle of Kharkov. On that day his reconnaissance battalion were able to lure Soviet forces into the gunsights of the Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland", which then proceeded to shoot up some 21 Soviet tanks. Wätjen was awarded the Knight's Cross for this and other achievements during the three day long tank battle here, where his reconnaissance battalion demonstrated outstanding cooperation with the Panzer and StuG units of the GD Division.