|Born||27 February 1897
|Died||7 January 1969
|Allegiance|| German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1915–45|
|Commands held||18. Volksgrenadier-Division
|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
- Iron Cross (1914)
- Wound Badge (1914)
- in Black (8 August 1918)
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (21 January 1935)
- Sudetenland Medal with Prague Castle Bar (2 October 1939)
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939)
- Eastern Front Medal (30 July 1942)
- Crimea Shield (9 September 1942)
- Order of Michael the Brave, 3rd Class (8 May 1942)
- German Cross in Gold on 22 June 1942 as Oberst im Generalstab in the XXX. Armeekorps
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 May 1945 as Generalleutnant and acting leader of the LVIII. Panzerkorps[Note 1][Note 2]
- According to Scherzer as commanding general of the LIII. Armeekorps.
- 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.
- Thomas and Wegmann 1992, p. 327.
- Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 54.
- Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 141, 487.
- 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.
- Walter Botsch @ Axis Biographical Research at the Wayback Machine (archived October 28, 2009)
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
- World War 2 Awards.com
|Chief of Staff of 19. Armee
August 1943 – January 1945
Oberst i.G. Kurt Brandstädter
Generalmajor Günther Hoffmann-Schönborn
|Commander of 18. Volksgrenadier-Division
5 February 1945 – 6 March 1945
Unit absorbed into 26. Volksgrenadier-Division
General der Kavallerie Edwin Graf von Rothirch und Trach
|Commander of LIII. Armeekorps
6 March 1945 – 25 March 1945
Generalleutnant Fritz Bayerlein
General der Panzertruppe Walter Krüger
|Commander of LVIII. Panzerkorps
25 March 1945 – April 1945