"Awarded for crushing the Polish air force and providing distinguished support to Heeresgruppe Nord during the Polish campaign." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on September 30, 1939.
"Awarded for his command achievements in the Mediterranean theater." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on February 25, 1942.
"Awarded for his achievements in strangling allied supply traffic to Malta through 1941/42, in cooperation with Italian air forces. Through this he greatly improved the security of the German supply convoys to North Africa. He also was recognized for the support that Luftwaffe aircraft and Flak units provided to Rommel’s forces." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on July 18, 1942.
"Awarded for his skillful military leadership in the Italian theater. Despite allied superiority in almost every way he was consistently able to halt their advances with what limited forces he had available." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds citation, awarded on July 19, 1944.
Another capable enemy elite,
Field Marshal's Baton awarded on 30 January 1943.