Otto Barth

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Otto Barth
Born (1891-06-18)18 June 1891
Dresden
Died 3 May 1963(1963-05-03) (aged 71)
Erlangen
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1911–1920
1935–1945
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 30. Infanterie-Division
21. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Factory Worker
Insurance Salesman

Otto Barth (18 June 1891 – 3 May 1963) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 30. Infanterie-Division. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Otto Barth was captured by Soviet troops following the fall of the Courland Pocket in 1945. He was held until 1955.

Dates of Rank[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 November 1944 In der Abwehrschlacht südöstlich Libau haben die fränkisch-bayrische 4. Panzer-Division unter Führung von Generalmajor Betzel und die norddeutsche 30. Infanterie-Division unter Führung des Obersten Barth den erstrebten Durchbruch des Feindes in zäher Abwehr und durch schwungvollen Gegenangriff an entscheidender Stelle vereitelt.[2] In the defensive battle southeast Libau, the Franco-Bavarian 4 Panzer Division under the command of Major General Betzel and the North German 30 Infantry Division under the leadership of Colonel Barth, have thwarted the aspired breakthrough of the enemy at a critical point in tough defense and sweeping counter-attack.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 105.
  2. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 573.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Hans von Basse
Commander of 30. Infanterie-Division
15 August 1944 – 30 January 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Albert Henze
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Albert Henze
Commander of 21. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
16 February 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
None