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Theodor Freiherr von Mauchenheim gen. Bechtolsheim
Born (1902-08-26)26 August 1902
Died 20 April 1973(1973-04-20) (aged 70)
Place of birth Schloß Mainsondheim, Dettelbach
Place of death Hannover
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Rank Kapitän zur See
Commands held Z20 Karl Galster
8. Zerstörerflottille "Narvik"
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Theodor Freiherr von Mauchenheim genannt Bechtolsheim[Note 1] (26 August 1902 – 20 April 1973) was a Kapitän zur See with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and recipient of the coveted Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

His parents were Franz Philipp Gottfried Anton Hermann Moritz Maria Freiherr von Mauchenheim gen. Bechtolsheim (19 February 1862 – 7 November 1902) and Sophie Freifrau, née Freiin von und zu Guttenberg (27 January 1871 – 2 January 1932). His older brother was General der Artillerie Anton-Reichard Hermann Friedrich Maria Freiherr von Mauchenheim gen Bechtolsheim (9 July 1896 – 9 February 1961). Theodor was married to Ruth Lotze (25 May 1907 – 2 August 1993). The couple had four children, Sophie-Charlotte, Franz-Georg, Rainer and Clemens.

Awards

Footnotes

  1. Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron), which is now legally a part of the last name. The female forms are Freifrau and Freiin.

References

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dörr 1996, p. 34.
Bibliography
  • Dörr, Manfred (1996). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Überwasserstreitkräfte der Kriegsmarine—Band 2:L–Z (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2497-2.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [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]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Range, Clemens (1974). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kriegsmarine [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Navy]. Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87943-355-1. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Kapitän zur See Georg Langheld
Chief of the 8. Zerstörerflottille
19 April 1944 – 9 June 1944
Succeeded by
Kapitän zur See Georg Ritter und Edler Herr von Berger

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