- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Obergefreiter (Corporal)
- Geschützführer 16./Jäger-Regiment 38
- Awarded on:
- August 23rd, 1943
The Soviets launched a major assault against the 8. Jäger-Division on 23.08.1943. After heavy artillery prep the Soviets attacked with tanks and infantry. Their attack failed however, with the loss of 71 tanks in the sector of the division. Of these, Erich Wagner personally destroyed 5 with his anti-tank gun and played a decisive role in the German success. As a result he was awarded the Knight's Cross on the very same day.