Russian Cossack in the service of the Wehrmacht. In Crimea to the Red Army were 90 thousand. persons, including the Crimean Tatars. almost all of the Crimean Tatars deserted in 1941 year from 51 army retreat from Crimea.
He was commanding officer of the Heer's Panzer Division during World War II. He received the German Cross in Gold on 28 February 1942 as Oberstleutnant and Oak Leaves on 21 January 1945 as Generalmajor.