Butze, Otto

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Butze, Otto, born 05-07-1891 in Arolsen, joined the Army Service as a Fahnenjunker with the 9th Jäger Battalion on 24-03-1911, age 19. He was detached to the War School in Metz, and from 05-10-1912 to the Exercise Course at the Infantry Firing School in Munsterlager, promoted to Leutnant on 18-12-1912. With the beginning of the first war he was the Adjutant of the 9th Reserve Jäger Battalion File:Stab eines Generalkommandos.svg. under command of General der Infanterie Max von Boehn  Transferred to the Staff of the 168th Infantry Regiment as MG Officer, until 26-05-1916 as he landed wounded   in hospital to 11-11-1915, six months. Butze ended the war as an Oberleutnant and commander of the 2nd MG Company of the 9th Reserve Jäger Battalion. He was allowed in the new Reichswehr  and climbed the ranks, Hauptmann from 01-08-1922, Major on 01-03-1933, Oberstleutnant on 01-09-1935 and Oberst on 01-10-1938 and with the beginning of WWII he was an Adjutant in the General Command of the Replacement VI Army Corps until 05-08-1940. Assigned as Commander of the 78th Infantry Regiment until September 1941 and taken ill from the front until 07-01-1942. He landed in the Führer Reserve to March 1942 and appointed as commander of the 340th Infantry Division File:340th Volks-Grenadier Division Logo.svg  until January 1943 and again severely wounded in hospital as he felt from his horse. The 340th Division fought in the Battle of the Bulge under General Theodor Tolsdorff, 

  as part of  I SS Panzer Corps   under command of SS-Obergruppenführer Herman Priess   and then retreated into Germany as part of XIII SS Corps, under command of SS Gruppenführer Max Simon  before finally being destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket  in April 1945. Butze recovered on 24-03-1943 landed in the infamous Reserve  again, now a long time. to 15-01-1945. Then detached to the Military Replacement Inspector until 01-02-1945 and following Military Replacement Inspector of Danzig to March 1945 and Linz in Austria until April 1945.

Death and burial ground of Butze, Otto.

For the third time severely wounded he landed in US captivity in Halberstadt. Butze was released in 1947 and retired in Lingen where he at the old age of 86 died on 18-05-1978. Otto Butze is buried with his wife Magarethe, born Pickert, who died at the old age of 92, on 05-04-1984, at a Field of Honor, on the Neuer Friedhof, New Cemetery, in Lingen. On the Old Cemetery of Lingen are buried the brothers in law, Vice Admiral, Friedrich Frisius   and Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Commander of the 342nd Infantry Division Heinrich Nickel. 

 

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