Karl Böttcher

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Karl Böttcher
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B18239, Nordafrika, Rommel mit Generalmajor Böttcher.2.jpg
Böttcher and Erwin Rommel
Born 25 October 1889
Died 21 October 1973(1973-10-21) (aged 83)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1909–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 21st Panzer Division
345th Infantry Division
326th Infantry Division
347th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Karl Böttcher (25 October 1889 – 21 October 1973) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Böttcher served in the Deutsches Afrikakorps under Erwin Rommel where he commanded an artillery regiment. Later Böttcher was made commander of the 21st Panzer Division. Böttcher surrendered to the Western Allies in 1945 and was interned until 1947.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Wegmann 2004, p. 148.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 231.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Wegmann, Günter (2004). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil VIIIa: Panzertruppe Band 1: A–E [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part VIIIa: Panzer Force Volume 1: A–E] (in German). Bissendorf, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2322-1. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Oberstleutnant Gustav-Georg Knabe
Commander of 21st Panzer Division
1 December 1941 – 11 February 1942
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Georg von Bismarck