Bothmer, Richard von, born 27-05-1890 in Dieuze, Lorraine, joined the Army as a Leutnant in the 138th Infantry Regiment, on 01-03-1910, 19 years old, as a battalion adjutant. Taken ill in hospital from 12-02-1915 until 06-03-1915 and recovered as regiment adjutant on the front of the first war. At the same time temporary adjutant of the 65th Infantry Brigade to 17-12-1917. Transferred back to the 138th as a company leader to 07-12-1918, as an Oberleutnant. He remained in the Reichswehr, climbed the ranks to Oberst on 01-10-1937 as commander of Salzburg. At the beginning of World War II, he was commander of the 499th Infantry Regiment. Bothmer was in the infamous Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) (see William Hitler) on 01-04-1941 and became the location officer in Naples to 07-01-1942 after which he was again in the Reserve to 12-01-1942. Appointed to Field Commander 768 to 27-03-1943. Again in the Reserve at the same time Military District Command II to 10-09-1943. Again a Field Commander now of 1032 in Janina to 31-12-1944. Again in the Reserve to 14-02-1945 and From January 1945 in the Führerreserve, Bothmer was appointed supreme commander in Bonn on 14-2-1945. Thus he took over the responsibility of General Walter Hugo Botsch also in the Remagen sector. The local bridge of Remagen was occupied on 07-03-1945 by the Americans.
Because he had evacuated the city as a combat commander of Bonn on March 8, before the advancing American troops without a fight to avoid further casualties and destruction, he was arrested on 10-03-1945. from 14-02-1945 until 10-03-1945, as he was imprisoned accused with the abandonment of Bonn and insubordination.
Death and burial ground of Bothmer, Richard von.
This was not the truth, but the disappointed Bothmer, his wife was dead and his son had been killed in the war, grabbed a pistol belonging to a court official and committed suicide in the courtroom on 10-03-1945, at the age of 48. Now, von Botmer has a place of honor on the war cemetery of the small town Hennef, close to
Harry Crosby as a navigator in World War II, avoided bombing Bonn, Germany, because he read that Beethoven was from there. He recalled “grabbing the bombardier by the shoulder’’ and saying “we would not go to Bonn. Over the intercom someone asked me why not and, after giving the pilot a new heading, I explained that this was where Beethoven went to school.’’ Colonel Crosby, a decorated World War II veteran who later became a professor of rhetoric at Boston University, died July 28 at Jesmond Nursing Home in Lynn. He was 91.