- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Hauptmann (Captain)
- Führer Sturmartillerie-Brigade der Führer-Grenadier-Division "Großdeutschland"
- Awarded on:
- March 5th, 1945
Tornau won his Knight's Cross for actions at Nantikow, in Pomerania, leading a counterattack against a large Soviet armored attack, breaking the offensive and allowing thousands of wounded soldiers, as well as civilians to flee west.