- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Gefreiter (Lance Corporal)
- Granatwerfertruppführer 6. / Grenadier-Regiment 45
- Awarded on:
- May 4th, 1944
In early 1944 the Soviets launched an attack that broke through the frontline of the Grenadier-Regiment 45, thereafter engaging the flank of the II. Bataillon in bitter close combat. After all the officers and NCOs had become casualties, Radermacher took charge of the situation and independently decided to meet the Soviet onslaught with his mortars, as all other attempts at success had failed. Constantly moving his guns to suitable positions, he was able to direct precise and deadly fire into the ranks of the attackers, inflicting high losses. Radermacher then led a counterattack once he judged the time to be right and was able to retake the old German line. In recognition of this success he was decorated with the Knight’s Cross.