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|Born||25 February 1892|
|Died||20 November 1982(aged 90)|
|Rank||General der Flakartillerie|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Odebrecht entered the German navy as an officer cadet in 1909 and was commissioned in 1912. After serving on flotilla craft and capital ships, he was assigned to East Africa. He commanded a company of naval troops there when World War I broke out, and was captured by the Belgians in 1916, when German East Africa fell to the Allies. During the inter-war period, he served as a policeman, attaining the rank of major. He joined the German air force in 1935, and was promoted to Lt. Col at the end of that year. His commands included the 1st bn., 11th flak rgt. (1936), 71st flak bn. (1937), 1st bn., 34th flak rgt. (1938), 25th flak rgt. (1938), 8th flak rgt. (1939), 5th Luftwaffe defense command (1940), 6th Luftwaffe Defense Command (1941), 6th flak division (1942), 21st Luftwaffe Field Division (1942), III Luftwaffe Field Corps (1943), II flak corps (1944–45). He was promoted to General der Flakartillerie on December 1, 1942.
Awards and decorations
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on September 5, 1944 as General der Flakartillerie and commanding general of the II. Flakkorps (motorized)
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 268.
- 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.
- Hildebrand, Karl F. Die Generale der Deutschen Luftwaffe, 1935–45, vol.3, pp. 3–5. Osnabruck, Germany: Biblio Verlag, 1992. ISBN 3-7648-2209-0.
|Commander of 6. Flak-Division
1 September 1941 – 1 September 1942
Generalleutnant Werner Anton
Generaloberst Otto Deßloch
|Commander of II. Flakkorps
1 October 1943 – 8 May 1945