- Date of birth:
- June 25th, 1893 (Pleß/Silesia, Germany)
- Date of death:
- April 29th, 1971 (Bonn/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
- German (1933-1945, Third Reich)
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, with only badly crippled divisions under his command, decided to surrender the city to the Red Army on 9 April 1945. For this act, Hitler condemned him in absentia and his family to death. His wife and daughters were arrested in Berlin and Denmark. However at the end of the war they were released.
Lasch went into Sovjet captivity and was released in October 1955.
March 27th, 1913: Fahnenjunker;
March 22nd, 1914: Fähnrich;
August 6th, 1914: Leutnant mit Pat. 19-12-1912;
March 22nd, 1918: Oberleutnant;
July 20th, 1921: Polizei-Hauptmann;
January 1st, 1934: Polizei-Major mit RDA vom 1-7-1934 (55);
October 15th, 1935: Major;
January 1st, 1937: Oberstleutnant (47);
December 1st, 1939: Oberst (10);
August 1st, 1942: Generalmajor (12);
April 1st, 1943: Generalleutnant (10c).
September 1st, 1939: Kdr. III./Inf.Rgt. 3;
October 25th, 1939: Kdr. Inf.Rgt. 43;
August 20th, 1942: mdFb 217. Inf.Div.;
September 27th, 1942: Kdr. 217. Inf.Div.;
November 20th, 1943: Kdr. 349. Inf.Div.;
August 12th, 1944: Führer-Reserve OKH;
September 2nd, 1944: mdFb LXIV. Res.A.K.;
October 25th, 1944: mdWdGb.Stellv.K.G.u.Befh. im W.Kr. I;
November 1st, 1944: Stellv.Kom.Gen.u.Befh. im W.Kr. I;
January 27th, 1945: Kdt.d.Verteidig.Bereiches glz.Königsberg;
April 11th, 1945: zum Tode durch den Strang verurteilt.
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberst (Colonel)
- Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 43, 1. Infanterie-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- July 17th, 1941
During Operation Barbarossa Oberst Lasch commanded a number of subordinated Vorausabteilungen in order to quickly reach and seize Riga. He pushed his men hard and broke into Riga as planned, securing the necessary preconditions for the seizure of the eastern parts of the city on the 01.07.1941 by reinforcing German troops. His major contribution towards the securing of the city was of great importance for the further operations of the 18. Armee, and for this he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Awarded for his leadership of the 349. Infanterie-Division during the difficult fighting in the Lemberg/Brody area in July 1944. After this division and the Korpsabteilung C were surrounded by the Soviets, they launched a breakout on the night of the 21-22.07.1944 and managed to take the heights north and west of Jasionowce, as well as the villages of Jasionowce and Zalesie themselves.
After strong Soviet forces encircled these formations again on the 22.07.1944, these elements were once again forced to breakout and were able to do so successfully, albeit taking heavy losses. Lasch was recognized for the role in played in leading his troops out of the trap.
- - DÖRR, M., Die Inhaber der Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres 1941-1945, Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück, 1993.
- FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
- THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
- Axis History Forum via Awardholders / unit
- NARA Roll T-78 R889