"Awarded for his leadership of the 3. Panzer-Division during the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa during its successes along the road from the Bug at Brest-Litovsk to the Beresina at Bobruisk. Despite the difficult terrain and fierce Soviet resistance, the Division was able to push forward at breakneck speed with relatively minor losses. On the 5th day of Barbarossa the Division had advanced 300 km past its jump-off point at the Bug, farther than any other Division in all of the Panzergruppen 1-4." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on 9 July 1941.
"Awarded for his outstanding accomplishments during the winter of 1941/42 around Rzhev as the commander of the XXXXI. Armee-Korps and later the 9. Armee. Here he would begin to cement his reputation as an energetic yet skillful master of defense." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on 17 February 1942.
"Awarded for his further achievements as the commander of the 9. Armee around Rzhev during the summer and winter battles of 1942/43, as well as his superb execution of Operation Buffalo." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on 2 April 1943.
"Awarded for managing to stabilize the Eastern front following the collapse of Heeresgruppe Mitte. His leadership in this time played a key part in ensuring that the Soviet advance could be brought to a halt at the Vistula river." from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds citation, awarded on 17 August 1944.
A truly capable and deadly elite,