Otto Heidkämper

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Otto Heidkämper
Born 13 March 1901
Lauenhagen, Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe, German Empire
Died 17 February 1969(1969-02-17) (aged 67)
Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1918–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 4. Panzer-Division
XXIV. Panzerkorps
Division Nr. 464
Army Group Centre
Battles/wars

World War I


World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Otto Heidkämper (13 March 1901 – 17 February 1969) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. During the invasion of France he served as Ia or Chief of Staff to Erwin Rommel and his 7th Panzer 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 recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Otto Heidkämper was captured by American troops in early May 1945 and was released later that month.

Awards and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 181.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Eberbach
Commander of 4. Panzer-Division
2 March 1942 – 4 April 1942
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Eberbach
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl Eibl
Commander of XXIV. Panzerkorps
21 January 1943 – 9 February 1943
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppe Walther Nehring
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs
Chief of the General Staff of HeeresGruppe Mitte
1 September 1944 - January 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Wolf-Dietrich Ritter und Edler von Xylander
Preceded by
Generalmajor Eugen Theilacker
Commander of Division Nr. 464
27 April 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
None