Walter Botsch

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Walter Botsch
Born 27 February 1897
Died 7 January 1969(1969-01-07) (aged 71)
Schwäbisch Gmünd
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1915–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Unit XXX. Armeekorps
19. Armee
Commands held 18. Volksgrenadier-Division
LIII. Armeekorps
LVIII. Panzerkorps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter Hugo Botsch (27 February 1897 – 7 January 1969) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. 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.

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ According to Scherzer as commanding general of the LIII. Armeekorps.[4]
  2. ^ Walter Botsch's nomination by the troop was already received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 27 October 1944, forwarded for approval on 3 November 1944 and apparently deferred. The file card notes in the field for the presentation: "see folder for further leadership reports". A second nomination by the troop, most likely related to a different act of bravery or leadership skills, according to the file card was received by the HPA on 5 April 1945. The book of "awarded Knight Crosses" states "deferred" because Botsch was considered missing in action on 16 April 1945. A nomination of the HPA with number 5082 was created. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Thomas and Wegmann 1992, p. 327.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 54.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 141, 487.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 122.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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. 
  • Thomas, Franz; Wegmann, Günter (1992). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil III: Infanterie Band 2: Bi–Bo [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part III: Infantry Volume 2: Bi–Bo] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-1734-3. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of Staff of 19. Armee
August 1943 – January 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst i.G. Kurt Brandstädter
Preceded by
Generalmajor Günther Hoffmann-Schönborn
Commander of 18. Volksgrenadier-Division
5 February 1945 – 6 March 1945
Succeeded by
Unit absorbed into 26. Volksgrenadier-Division
Preceded by
General der Kavallerie Edwin Graf von Rothirch und Trach
Commander of LIII. Armeekorps
6 March 1945 – 25 March 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Fritz Bayerlein
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppe Walter Krüger
Commander of LVIII. Panzerkorps
25 March 1945 – April 1945
Succeeded by