|Born||February 27, 1897|
|Died||7 January 1969(aged 71)|
|Place of birth||Braunsbach|
|Place of death||Schwäbisch Gmünd|
German Empire (to 1918)|
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1915–1945|
|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
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class (10 August 1916)
- 1st Class (6 July 1918)
- Wound Badge (1914)
- in Black (?)
- in Silver (8 August 1918)
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (21 January 1935)
- Sudetenland Medal with Prague Castle Bar (2 October 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (20 April 1940)
- 1st Class (19 June 1940)
- Eastern Front Medal (30 July 1942)
- Crimea Shield (9 September 1942)
- Order of Michael the Brave, 3rd Class (8 May 1942)
- German Cross in Gold on 22 June 1942 as Oberst im Generalstab in the XXX. Armeekorps
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 May 1945 as Generalleutnant and acting leader of the LVIII. Panzerkorps[Note 1][Note 2]
- According to Scherzer as commanding general of the LIII. Armeekorps.
- 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.
- Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 54.
- Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 141, 487.
- 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.
- Walter Botsch @ Axis Biographical Research
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
- World War 2 Awards.com
|Chief of Staff of 19. Armee
August 1943 - January 1945
Oberst i.G. Kurt Brandstädter
Generalmajor Günther Hoffmann-Schönborn
|Commander of 18. Volksgrenadier-Division
5 February 1945 - 6 March 1945
Unit absorbed into 26. Volksgrenadier-Division
General der Kavallerie Edwin Graf von Rothirch und Trach
|Commander of LIII. Armeekorps
6 March 1945 – 25 March 1945
Generalleutnant Fritz Bayerlein
General der Panzertruppe Walter Krüger
|Commander of LVIII. Panzerkorps
25 March 1945 – April 1945
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