- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel)
- Führer Grenadier-Regiment 287 / 96. Infanterie-Division / 4. Panzerarmee / Heeresgruppe Nordukraine
- Awarded on:
- May 4th, 1944
In March 1944 the Soviets created a bridgehead on the south bank of the Bozek river, near Tereschewzy. This posed a great threat to the important German crossing over the Bug at Proskurov, and had to be dealt with. On the 12.03.1944 Lorenz and his Grenadier-Regiment 287 were dispatched to cover the east flank of Tiranowka. The Regiment was simultaneously security for the assembly area of elements of the 6., 19. and 2. SS Panzer divisions, which were assembling to attack the bridgehead.
The Soviets managed to infiltrate this assembly area during a night attack. In response Oberstleutnant Lorenz personally launched a counterattack with his Pionierzug, entering into close combat with the enemy. He managed to throw them into confusion and enable further counterattacks against them. His Regiment would eventually push the Soviets back over the high ground east of Tiranowka and held them here until the planned German armoured attack advanced through their positions the next morning.
For averting an emergent crisis and protecting the assembly of the Panzers, Lorenz would be decorated with the Oakleaves.