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Knobelsdorff, von, Otto

Date of birth:
March 31st, 1886 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
October 21st, 1966 (Hannover/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
April 25th, 1905: Fahnenjunker;
January 27th, 1906: Fähnrich;
August 18th, 1906: Leutnant;
November 18th, 1914: Oberleutnant;
March 22nd, 1916: Hauptmann;
February 1st, 1929: Major;
June 1st, 1933: Oberstleutnant;
June 1st, 1935: Oberst;
January 1st, 1939: Generalmajor;
December 1st, 1940: Generalleutnant;
August 1st, 1942: General der Panzertruppen.

Career:
?: Kadettenanstalt Bensberg;
?: Hauptkadettenanstalt Groß-Lichterfelde;
April 25th, 1905: Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94, Weimar;
1906: Gruppenführer 5. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
April 1st, 1911: Adjutant III. Bastaillon, Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
January 28th, 1914: Adjutant Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
August 29th, 1915: Lazerett;
November 1st, 1915: Führer I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
?: Führer II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
April 1st, 1916: Feld-Ersatz Bataillon(?), Infanterie-Division 38;
1916: Führer Bataillon Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
October 1st, 1916: MG-Offizier Schule Döberitz;
October 15th, 1916: Adjutant 83. Infanterie-Brigade;
November 1st, 1916: Generalstabsoffizier Heeresgruppe B;
November 1916: Generalstabsoffizier VII. Armeekorps;
March 18th, 1917: Ib 200. Infanterie-Division;
June 18th, 1917: Ib 1. Garde-Infanterie-Division;
August 1917: Generalstabsoffizier Bug-Armee;
October 15th, 1917: Generalstabslehrgang Sedan;
September 1918: Ib 242. Infanterie-Division;
October 21st, 1918: Lazerett;
January 1919: Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
MAy 1919: Kompanieführer Infanterie-Regiment „Großherzog von Sachsen" (5. Thüringisches) Nr. 94;
July 1st, 1919: Kompanieführer Infanterie-Regiment 21;
January 1st, 1921: Kompanieführer 7. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment 15, Eisenach;
August 1921: Id, Stab 6. Division;
February 1st, 1932: Stab Artillerieführer II, Stettin;
April 1st, 1926: Stab, 2. Division;
October 1st, 1928: Führer 4. Eskadron, Gebirgs-Regiment 9, Beskow;
October 19th, 1929: Erster Generalstabsoffizier (Ia), Stab / Artillerieführer III, Berlin;
October 1st, 1933: Chef des Stabes, Kommandanten von Berlin;
October 15th, 1935: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 102, Chemnitz;
February 1st, 1939: Kommandeur Festung Oppeln;
August 26th, 1939: Chef des Generalstabes Grenzschutz-Abschnittskommando 3;
February 6th, 1940: Kommandeur, 19. Infanterie-Division;
November 1st, 1940: Kommandeur, 19. Panzer-Division;
January 1st, 1942: Lazerett Bad Gastein, Führerreserve OKH;
May 1st, 1942: m.d.F.b. X. Armeekorps;
June 1st, 1942: m.d.F.b. II. Armeekorps;
July 1st, 1942: Kommandeur Korps Knobelsdorff;
October 7th, 1942: Kommandierender General, XXIV. Panzerkorps;
November 30th, 1942: m.d.F.b. XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps;
February 10th, 1943: Kommandierender General, XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps;
October 9th, 1943: Lazerett;
October 15th, 1943: Führerreserve OKH;
January 31st, 1944: Kommandierender General, XXXX. Panzerkorps;
September 6th, 1944: m.d.F.b. 1. Armee;
November 30th, 1944: Führerreserve OKH;
April 11th, 1945: American POW;
June 10th, 1947 - December 12th, 1947: Internment.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabs, Grenzschutz-Abschnittskommando 3, Heer
Awarded on:
October 11th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 19. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 20th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 19. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
February 16th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
February 20th, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
November 12th, 1943
Details:
322nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXX. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1944
Action:
Mentioning:
"In the battles in the area of Jassy, German and Romanian troops under the command of the Romanian Cavalry General Racoviþa, 'General der Panzertruppen' von Knobelsdorff and the 'General der Infanterie' Mieth, superbly supported by strong German-Romanian bomber and ground-attack aircraft units, have thrown in fierce combat out of their deeply structured, tough defending, positions, the Bolsheviks, and improved our positions significantly."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXX. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Details:
100th Award.
Awarded on:
April 22nd, 1949
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Ehrenritterkreuz zum Johanniterorden
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Details:
Awarded with War Decoration and Swords.
Militärverdienstkreuz III. Klasse
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Details:
Awarded with Swords
Komtur II. Klasse des Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Details:
Awarded with Swords.
Ritter II. Klasse zum Hausorden vom Weißen Falken

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