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Walter Botsch
Born (1897-02-27)February 27, 1897
Died 7 January 1969(1969-01-07) (aged 71)
Place of birth Braunsbach
Place of death Schwäbisch Gmünd
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1915–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Unit XXX. Armeekorps
19. Armee
Commands held 18. Volksgrenadier-Division
LIII. Armeekorps
LVIII. Panzerkorps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Walter Botsch (27 February 1897 – 7 January 1969) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Awards and decorations


  1. According to Scherzer as commanding general of the LIII. Armeekorps.[3]
  2. Walter Botsch's nomination by the troop was already received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 27 October 1944, forwarded for approval on 3 November 1944 and apparently deferred. The file card notes in the field for the presentation: "see folder for further leadership reports". A second nomination by the troop, most likely related to a different act of bravery or leadership skills, according to the file card was received by the HPA on 5 April 1945. The book of "awarded Knight Crosses" states "deferred" because Botsch was considered missing in action on 16 April 1945. A nomination of the HPA with number 5082 was created. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel.[3]


  1. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 54.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 141, 487.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Scherzer 2007, p. 122.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of Staff of 19. Armee
August 1943 - January 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst i.G. Kurt Brandstädter
Preceded by
Generalmajor Günther Hoffmann-Schönborn
Commander of 18. Volksgrenadier-Division
5 February 1945 - 6 March 1945
Succeeded by
Unit absorbed into 26. Volksgrenadier-Division
Preceded by
General der Kavallerie Edwin Graf von Rothirch und Trach
Commander of LIII. Armeekorps
6 March 1945 – 25 March 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Fritz Bayerlein
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppe Walter Krüger
Commander of LVIII. Panzerkorps
25 March 1945 – April 1945
Succeeded by

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