"On the 14.08.1941, during the battles between the Dniester and the Bug rivers, Lieutenant Ziegler and his company took the heavily occupied town of Petrovskoye on the western bank of the Bug in a coup d'état and cleared out the surrounding area in bitter house fighting. More than 300 prisoners were captured in the process. Ziegler would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for this action." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on December 31st, 1941 as Leutnant of Infantry Regiment 186 of the 73rd Infantry Division.
"Awarded for his leadership during the urban fighting in Novorossiysk on the 06.09.1942." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves as Oberleutnant of Infantry Regiment 186 of the 73rd Infantry Division.
"Ziegler's regiment participated in the final battle for Sevastopol in May 1944. On the 07.05.1944, during the general Soviet attack against the German V. Armeekorps, his regiment stood firm in its defensive positions on Windmill Hill, even after it had been surrounded. Ziegler and his men were able to hold their ground successfully until relieved by Kampfgruppen Marienfeld and Faulhaber on the morning of the next day. Ziegler would be awarded the Swords for this outstanding defensive stand." from is Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords as Major of the Führer Grenadier Regiment 186 of the 73 Infantry Division.
Another capable enemy elite,