Erich Freiherr von
- Botzheim, Erich Freiherr von
Generalleutnant der Artillerie. Commander of the POW in Wehrkreis IV .
- 18-01-1871, Schloss Mattsies.
- 28-03-1958, old age, 87, Munich.
München, Nordfriedhof. Feld 169-Reihe 1-Grab 6.
Botzheim, Erich Freiherr von
Freiherr Erich von Botzheim, born 18-01-1871 on Schloss Mattsies, Mindelheim, the son of Ferdinand Freiherr von Botzheim, entered as a Fahnenjunker the Bayerische Artillerie-Regiment, age 18 on 23-07-1889, three months after Adolf Hitler’s birth, (see Hitler parents) (did you know) (see Adolf) (see William Hitler). He had a sister Louise and one brother Albert. He joined the 1st Königlich Bayerische Food Artillery Regiment and in 1890 commanded to the War School in Munich. As his father died in 1892 he sold the estate Schloss Mattsiws to his nephew Walter von Rougemont. He married Henriette Frein von Imhoff in 1898 and promoted to Oberleutnant on 01-01-1899 and on 10-08-1902 as Hauptmann. He is a Commanding Artillery Officer of Fortress Ulm at the beginning of World War I and is in April 1915 appointed as Commander of the 1st Battalion of the 3rd Reserve Food Artillery Regiment. From 20-02-1916 he is the commander of the 2nd Reserve Food Artillery Regiment and from 17-04-1917 promoted to Oberstleutnant. During WWI awarded with both the Iron Crosses and other decorations. He remained in the new Reichswehr, in the Reich Ministry. In 1920 assigned as Artillery Leader VII in Berlin, 18-12-1920 appointed as Oberst. On 31-01-1922 he is succeeded by Major General Friedrich Freiherr Kress von Kressenstein (see Kress von Kressenstein). He himself is the successor of of Major General Georg von der Lippe with the Artillery Leader III. Promoted to Lieutenant General on 01-11-1926 and commander of the Army Waepon Office and he retired in 1927, age 56, from active service. He reactivated as Camp Commander IVB in Fortress Königstein, along the river Elbe. The defender of Königstein was Otto Lasch (see Lasch). Following commander of the POW in Wehrkreis IV from 02-10-1941 to 02-10-1942. He lands in the Führer Reserve, until 31-08-1942 and is retired again at the old age of 71, from the Army. He lived in Munich and died at the old age of 87, on 28-03-1958. He is buried with his wife Henriette, on the Nordfriedhof in Munich and only steps from the graves of the Troost couple (see Paul Troost) (Gerda) and Generaloberst of the Mountain Troops, Eduard Dietl (see Dietl). Close by the graves of Heinrich Hoffmann (see Hoffmann), Hitler’s photographer and his daughter Henriette Schirach-Hoffmann (see Henriette) and (Baldur), Dr. Gustav von Kahr (see Kahr) President of the Bavarian court in 1923 during the Putz and some further the secretary of Hitler, Hitler's former adjutant Max Wünsche (see Wünsche), Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven (see Freytag), Hitler's driver and founder of the SS, Emil Maurice (see Maurice), the General Kuno Fütterer (see Fütterer) and Hitler's last doctor Ludwig Stumpfegger (see Stumpfegger), the one who gave the suicide pills to Magda Goebbels (see Magda) and helped her as she killed her six children.