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Betz, Paul Otto Ferdinand

Date of birth:
July 10th, 1895 (Hamburg-Hartburg, Germany)
Date of death:
May 9th, 1944 (Sevastopol, Soviet Union)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Sevastopol-Gontscharnoje
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Paul Betz was promoted to Generalmajor postumously.

08.05.1915: Fähnrich
05.08.1915: Leutnant
01.10.1934: Hauptmann (45)
01.04.1939: Major (22)
01.09.1940: Oberstleutnant
01.04.1942: Oberst (440)
28.06.1944: Generalmajor m. Wirk. v. 01.05.1944 posthum

18.08.1914: 9. Pionier-Bataillon
00.11.1918: 30. Pionier-Bataillon
00.11.1918-31.12.1918: 9. Pionier-Bataillon
17.05.1934-15.07.1934: Heeres-Sportschule Wünsdorf
15.07.1934-01.10.1934: Lehrgang für reaktivierte Offiziere, Sperenberg
01.10.1934: Reaktiviert
01.10.1934-15.10.1935: Kompaniechef - Pionier-Bataillon Sperenberg
15.10.1935-12.10.1937: Kompaniechef - Pionier-Bataillon 20
12.10.1937-26.08.1939: Instructor - Kriegsschule München
26.08.1939-12.09.1939: Führer-Reserve OKH
12.09.1939-30.10.1939: Stab/ Militärkommando Posen
30.10.1939-05.02.1940: Chef - Lehrgang - Technischen Pionier-Schule II
05.02.1940-01.05.1941: Kdr - Stab/ Pionier-Lehr-Bataillon 2
01.05.1941-24.11.1941: Kdr - Stab/ Pionier-Bataillon 900
24.11.1941-28.02.1942: Führer-Reserve WK VII
28.02.1942-15.07.1942: Kdr - Stab/ Pionier-Lehr-Bataillon 1
15.07.1942-21.07.1942: Führer-Reserve und z.V. Pionier-Schule II
21.07.1942-05.12.1943: Chef - Pionier-Regiments-Stab zbV. 700
05.12.1943-01.04.1944: Stab/ XXXIX. Gebirgs-Armeekorps
Führer - Kampfgruppe 'Betz'
03.04.1944-02.05.1944: Führer - Stab/ Festungskommandantur Sewastopol
02.05.1944-10.05.1944: Führer - Stab/ 50. Infanterie-Division
09.05.1944: KIA in an air raid

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kdr, Pionier-Regiments-Stab 700, XXXXIX Gebirgs-Korps, 17. Armee, Heeresgruppe Südukraine
Awarded on:
February 10th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Führer, 50. Infanterie-Division, XXXXIX Gebirgs-Korps, 17. Armee, Heeresgruppe Südukraine
Awarded on:
June 16th, 1944
Awarded for his actions during the last round of combat around Sevastopol in May 1944. He particularly distinguished himself on the night of the 08./09.05.1944, when the Soviets managed to cross over the Ssevernaya Bay. In response the regimental staff 123 and the Bataillonen II./121 and III./122 were alerted and personally deployed to attack the broken-through enemy behind the Nikolajewka position by Oberst Betz. In the process the III./122 managed to recapture the high ground near the Nikolajewka winery.

posthumously awarded
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1944
posthumously awarded
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Krimschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1943
Kubanschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Ordinul Corona Romaneii Commander

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