Otto Lasch

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Otto Lasch
Born 25 June 1893
Died 29 April 1971 (1971-04-30) (aged 77)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Rank General of the Infantry

World War I

World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Otto Lasch (25 June 1893 – 29 April 1971) was a German general in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the LXIV Corps. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.


Otto Lasch joined the Wehrmacht in 1935. He advanced to the rank of Generalleutnant and functioned as Commandant of Königsberg in East Prussia from November 1944.

Following heavy fighting and surrounding of the city during the Battle of Königsberg by the 36-division strong 3rd Byelorussian Front under Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Lasch surrendered the city to the Red Army on 9 April 1945. Lasch went into Soviet captivity; convicted as a war criminal in the Soviet Union, he was held until 1955. Lasch died in Bonn in 1971.

Lasch authored the book So fiel Königsberg. Kampf und Untergang von Ostpreußens Hauptstadt that was published in 1958. In 1965 he wrote Zuckerbrot und Peitsche about his years as a Soviet prisoner of war.

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 13.
  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich Bayer
Commander of 217. Infanterie-Division
September 27, 1942 - October 1, 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Walter Poppe
Preceded by
Commander of LXIV. Armeekorps
August 5, 1944 - November 1, 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Helmut Thumm