5. Panzer-Division Officers after the fightings at KOWEL in 1944 , possibly in preparation to the Oakleaves award ceremony for Major Wilhelm Drewes on 20 April 1944
Gerhard Friedrich to the right confirmed by Terry recently. The naming of Gerhard Fischer (Pz.Rgt. 23 ?) one time most probably was a typo I think.
Same direction here, Elwyn. Taking into consideration all the awards + dates - Oakleaves for Decker on 4 May 1944 especially ! - I would even put the pic between 6 Apr (Herzog) and 4 May (Decker) 1944.In John's pic, the person on the extreme left looks like Mj Hans Georg Herzog, Kmdr, II/PzRGt14. He was RKT'ed on 06.04.44. Second from left was Karl Decker, Kmdr 5 Pz from 07.09.43 to 16.10.44.
Friedrich got his RK on 06.04.43 but DKiG on 10.01.44.
This would put the pic having been taken between April 44 to Oct 44. The background clearly was not summer so that would narrow down the number of possible RKTs as candidate for the yet unnamed man -- looks like he was just awarded the RK.
The judgement of Drewes' bearing (the only in "Achtung") even allows the conclusion that it is just before his OL bestowal on 20 April (Führer's birthday). With Gerhard Friedrich as Fhr./Kdr of Pz.Gren.Rgt. 13 assisting Decker.
Von Platho's divisional history might clear this up 100% eventually.