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Monday, 2 March 2015

Otto von Below

Otto von Below

Career:

Branch: Kaiserliche Heer
Born: 18 January 1857 in Danzig, Prussia.
Died: 15 March 1944 in Danzig, Germany.

Ranks:
Generaloberst
General der Infanterie 1914
Generalleutnant 1 August 1912
Generalmajor
Oberst
Oberstleutnant
Major
Hauptmann
Oberleutnant
Leutnant
Fähnrich

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Personal Information:

Otto von Below, brother of Fritz von Below, was born at Danzig on January 18th 1857. Educated in the Cadet Corps he entered the German army as a lieutenant of infantry in 1875. He became a general in 1909 and commanded the 2nd division with headquarters at Insterburg, East Prussia. During the Great War, after fighting on the Eastern Front, where in May 1915 he commanded the Nieman army, capturing Libau, Windau and Mitau, he replaced General von Bulow as commander of the German forces between Arras and Soissons, on the Western Front, in 1916. In October 1917 at the head of the German 14. Armee he led the Austro-German offensive against Italy on the Isonzo front and won the battle of Caporetto. Thereafter he was transferred to the Western front again and commanded the German army 17th army in the second battle of the Somme in March 1918.

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