- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
- Kommandeur Sturm-Regiment AOK 2 / 7.Infanterie-Division / XVIII.Gebirgs-Korps / 2.Armee
- Awarded on:
- May 9th, 1945
Awarded the Oakleaves for his leadership of the Sturm-Regiment AOK 2 in early 1945, as described in the following chronology…
15.01.1945 - Regiment Schlags-Koch prevents an enemy breakthrough south of Romanowo while serving in the sector of the 299. Infanterie-Division, west of Mackheim. With a sniper rifle in hand, the commander himself participated in the battle and fought with his men until the Division was able to create a new defensive line.
19.01.1945 - Schlags-Koch and his men hold the town of Kuklin, and that night succeed in breaking out in the direction of Neidenburg.
23.01.1945 - Regiment is deployed in Elbing. Schlags-Koch proves to be the soul of the defense in the western and northern areas of the city.
27.01.1945 - The Soviets begin a breakthrough in the direction of the two Elbing bridges, the only connection between the East and West portions of the city. Schlags-Koch and his staff launch a counterattack on their own initiative and are able to push the enemy back to their starting positions on the western edge of the city.
09.02.1945 - During the breakout from Elbing Schlags-Koch is in command of the rearguard. After being encircled he succeeds in leading a breakout to the East while overcoming 3 fortified enemy strongpoints in the process.
14.02.1945 - After 5 days behind enemy lines, Schlags-Koch and his troops cross over the lagoon into Kahlberg where they finally reach their own lines.
Awarding not confirmed.
When the counting would continue, this would have been the 876th Award.
Recommendation made on March 24th, 1945. The recommendation arrived at OKH / PA / P 5 on April 6th. Was resubmitted on May 5th, 1945.