- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Generalleutnant (Major-general)
- Kommandeur 1. Panzer-Division / XIX.Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe A
- Awarded on:
- May 20th, 1940
Awarded for the skillful leadership of his Division during the crossing of the Meuse river (near Sedan) on the 13.05.1940. Here his Division was among the first German Panzer divisions to breach the French defenses here and commence the breakthrough towards the English Channel.