"Oberst von Zangen was awarded the Knights' Cross for the role he played in the opening rounds of Operation Barbarossa, near Mogilev. On the 26.07.1941 he and his Regiment played a decisive role in preventing the attempted breakout of the Mogilev garrison (amounting to the greater part of two Soviet rifle divisions) and thereby ensuring its subsequent destruction. He was further recognized for directing the reserve Bataillon of his Regiment in mopping up the forested areas southwest of the city and clearing out the weaker Soviet elements there." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on 15 January 1942 as Oberst and commander of Infanterie-Regiment 88.
"Awarded for his command of the 15. Armee during its more than two month battle for the Scheldt estuary. In the process he not only denied the allies the use of the port of Antwerp for a sustained period but was also able to prevent the destruction of his forces, ensuring the stability of the northernmost sector of the German frontline." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on 5 November 1944 as General der Infanterie and acting commander of the 15. Armee.
A capable enemy elite,