Awarded for his leadership achievements in early 1945. Rebane had distinguished himself during the battles near Grottkau and Tillowitz. Later, beginning on the 06.03.1945, he held the high ground near Karbischau against all enemy attacks. Although these were repeatedly launched in regimental to divisional strength, each after hour-long barrages and with tank support, the Soviets were ultimately prevented from breaking through to the Oppeln-Brieg road. Of 20 attacking enemy tanks, 10 were destroyed.
During the breakout from the Proskau pocket Rebane and his Regiment were able to recapture the heavily defended high ground near Tiefengrund. Then, after the death of the divisional commander, Rebane took over control of all the Kampfgruppen of the Division east of Riegersdorf and with these was able to punch through a deep Soviet defensive system in the area Neustadt-Buchelsdorf-Riegersdorf-Dittmannsdorf.
Non numbered, unconfirmed awarding. According the sequence this would be the 875th Award. The recommendation was made on 3rd April 1945, received by OKH/PA/P5 on 12th April 1945 and was supported by General der Kavallerie Koch-Erpach, Kommandierender General LVI.Panzerkorps and the Reichsführer SS.