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|Born||25 June 1893|
|Died||29 April 1971 (aged 77)|
|Rank||General of the Infantry|
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.
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
- Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (5 October 1914) & 1st Class (2 July 1916)
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (13 September 1939) & 1st Class (20 October 1939)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Thomas 1998, p. 13.
- 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.
- 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.
Generalleutnant Friedrich Bayer
|Commander of 217. Infanterie-Division
September 27, 1942 - October 1, 1943
Generalleutnant Walter Poppe
|Commander of LXIV. Armeekorps
August 5, 1944 - November 1, 1944
General der Infanterie Helmut Thumm