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Gen.d.Inf. Otto Lasch (info. request)
Old 04-26-2004, 10:52 AM   #1
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Lasch, Otto

General der Infanterie



Born: 25.06.1893 in Pless / Oberschlesien.
Died: 29.04.1971 in Bad Godesberg.




Promotions:
00.00.1913 Fahnenjunker
00.00.1914 Leutnant
00.00.19__ Oberleutnant
00.00.1921 Polizei-Hauptmann
00.00.1934 Polizei-Major
00.00.1935 Major (Heer)
01.12.1939 Oberst
01.08.1942 Generalmajor
01.04.1943 Generalleutnant
01.11.1944 General der Infanterie




Career:
ca. 1899 – 00.00.190_ Attended Volksschule (?)
00.00.190_ - ca. 1911 Attended Gymnasium (passed his Abitur).
00.00.1913 Entered service as Fahnenjunker, assigned to Preußische Jägerbataillon Nr. 2 (Base: Kulm).
00.00.1913 – 00.00.1914 Attended the Kriegsschule in Hersfeld.
00.00.1914 – end of 1914 War service as Zugführer, then Kompanieführer in Preußische Jägerbataillon Nr. 2.
End of 1914 – 00.00.1915 Wounded in action, then assigned to the Jäger-Ersatz-Abteilung.
00.00.1915 – 00.00.1918 (?) Assigned to the Fliegertruppe as Beobachtungsflieger.
00.00.1919 – 00.00.1920 Grenzschutz service as a Jäger officer in Kulm.
00.00.1920 Retired from the Reichsheer as Oberleutnant.
00.00.1920 – 00.00.1935 Schutzpolizei and Landespolizei in Lyck, Magdeburg, Sensburg, and Breslau.
00.00.1935 Transferred to the Heer as Major.
00.00.1935 – 00.00.1936 Assigned as a Stabsoffizier to Infanterie-Regiment 45 (Base: Marienburg).
00.00.1936 – 00.00.1939 Kommandeur of III.Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment 3 (Base: Osterode).
25.10.1939 – 00.09. 1942 Kommandeur of Infanterie-Regiment 43 (Base: Insterburg).
27.09.1942 – 00.00.1943 Kommandeur (m.d.F.b.) of 217. Infanterie-Division (Eastern Front).
20.11.1943 – 01.09.1944 Kommandeur of 349. Infanterie-Division.
01.09.1944 – End of 09.1944 Kommandierender General (m.d.F.b.) of LXIV. Armee-Korps (Western Front).
End of 09.1944 – 00.10.1944 Ill with jaundice.
00.10. 1944 - 09.04.1945 Stellvertretender Kommandierender General and Befehlshaber im Wehrkreis I (Königsberg).
28.01.1945 - 09.04.1945 "Befehlshaber der Befestigungen bei Königsberg und der Festung Königsberg" (capitulated to the Soviet Army, 09.04.1945; consequently, Hitler ordered him degraded and sentenced to death in absentia for "Feigheit vor dem Feind" (Cowardice before the enemy).




Confinement &Prosecution:
Captured by Soviet troops, 10.04.1945. Later sentenced to death by a Soviet court in Leningrad. Sentence commuted to 25 years’ in a labor camp. He was interned in several camps, including Wojkowo, Karabas, and Workuta and in the prisos of Butirka and Lubjanka until finally repatriated to Germany in October 1955. He lived in Bad Godesberg until his death.



Published Works:

"So fiel Königsberg" (1958)

"Zuckerbrot und Peitsche" (1965)



Decorations & Awards:
17.07.1941 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
10.09.1944 Eichenlaub (578.)
20.10.1939 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
13.09.1939 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
02.07.1916 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
05.10.1914 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.1918 (?) Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Schwarz
00.00.193_ Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
00.00.19__ Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnungen




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* Son of the Oberforstmeister Otto Lasch (died 22.03.1924).

* Married in 1919 to Lisette Wrobel.








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Old 04-27-2004, 10:08 AM   #2
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Leutnant 7.8.14 vorpatentiert to seniority 19.12.12 B
Oberleutnant 22.3.18 T3t

I don't find any awards in the published WW1 award rolls-- there is no way to find that for Weimar era Polizei personnel. The only photo I've ever seen of him is in "Old Style" field cap, after capture, with open overcoat... so not even a ribbon bar to guess what else he might have had.
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Hi Mike,

the January 1933 Prussian Schutzpolizei Dienstaltersliste shows him as an Hauptmann with seniority of the 7th of August 1912, i.e back to his initial army commissioning year. He was on the staff of the Polizei-Schule Sensburg.

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Thank you both, gentlemen- invaluable details.


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