Campaign 1940 General von Kuchler had brilliantly. Very often, he led his men into battle, sitting in the sidecar. Kuchler helping wounded soldiers. Active and non-commissioned officers openly admired his brave commander and loved it. For Military Merit in Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France Kuchler 19 July 1940 was promoted to General-Oberst. He was then sent back to Poland for the protection of the new eastern borders of the Reich and the Soviet Union. In the implementation of the plan "Barbarossa" his 18th Army was the left flank of the German invasion, which was directed against the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), then the order of Hitler was ordered to block Leningrad. When Ritter von Leeb resigned his seat January 17, 1942 took von Kuchler.