Otto Schulz (admiral)
|Born||12 March 1900|
|Died||28 March 1974(aged 74)|
|Commands held||Seekommandant Krim|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Otto Schulz received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 17 May 1944 for the evacuation of the 17th Army from the Crimean peninsula. The actions of the Kriegsmarine in the evacuation of the Crimea were thoroughly investigated after the operation, and the commanders-in-chief of the Heeresgruppen (Army Groups) and Armies gave the Kriegsmarine a negative performance evaluation. The commander-in-chief of the 17th Army, General Karl Allmendinger, described the presentation of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Schulz and to Vice-Admiral Helmuth Brinkmann as a bitter outrage to every German soldier who had fought on the Peninsula. In a letter to the Heeresgruppe Südukraine (Army Group South Ukraine), they accused the naval leadership of providing deliberate misinformation, of panicking and disorganization.
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (15 April 1940)
- War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords (30 January 1942)
- Naval Artillery War Badge (1944)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 17 May 1944 as Konteradmiral and Seekommandant Krim (sea commander Crimea)
- Dörr 1996, p. 248.
- Dörr 1996, p. 249.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 393.
- Dörr, Manfred (1996). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2: L–Z [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Surface Forces of the Navy—Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2497-6.
- 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.