Lasch, Otto

Date of birth:
June 25th, 1893 (Pleß, Germany)
Date of death:
April 29th, 1971 (Bonn, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 43 / 1.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
July 17th, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Commander 349. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1944
Details:
578th award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1916
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1941
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1945
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • - Fellgiebel W.P., Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945, Podzun-Pallas, 2000