- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
- Führer 6. / Grenadier-Regiment 3 / 21.Infanterie-Division / XX.Armee-Korps / 4.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
- Awarded on:
- March 11th, 1945
In the first days of January 1945 the Grenadier-Regiment 3 was deployed in the Rominte position between Goldap and Gumbinnen. The village of Daken was the lynchpin of II. Bataillon. At this time the Soviets managed to penetrate into the southern entrance to the village, and threatened to achieve a breakthrough. Oberfeldwebel Kutschkau was sent in as a reserve along with the Regimental Pionierzug and tasked with leading the counterthrust. Despite heavy Soviet defensive fire, bolstered by the addition of reinforcements, Kutschkau was able to put his great talents to good use and retake the old German defensive positions. For this he would be awarded the Oakleaves.