Grün, Otto, born 29-05-1982 in Deggendorf, after attending a Humanistic Gymnasium joined on 16-07-1900 the Army as a Fahnenjunker, age 18, in the 2nd Foot Artillery Regiment of the Bavarian Army in Metz. There he was promoted to Leutnant on 09-03-1902 after attending the war school. Green graduated then from 01-10-1905 to 27-09-1907, the artillery and engineering school. As of 01-04-1909, he was used as a Battalion Adjutant and promoted to the first leutnant on 03-03-1911, as such followed on 01-10-1912 his transfer to the 3rd Foot Artillery Regiment Ingolstadt and a year later his commanding the War Academy. The outbreak of the First World War prevented Grün completed his training there, he was appointed on 01-08-1914 as the adjutant of the 1st Battalion of the Reserve Foot Artillery Regiment 3, which initially formed part of the war occupation of the fortress Metz. Then the regiment took part in the battles in Lorraine and France,
where Grün was promoted to captain on 16-12-1914 and a few days later, as leader of the 6th battery, transferred to the 1st Foot Artillery Regiment “Vakant Bothmer”. From July 1916 he was made available to special staff at the staff of the General of Foot Artillery 5, from there followed on 22-02-1917 his transfer and use as an artillery officer in the General Command of the Prussian IV Reserve Corps on the Eastern Front. In this position, however, Grün remained only four weeks, he was first commanded to the Army High Command 6,
on 7 July assigned to the General Staff officers in a special position and assigned to the Army High Command 6 on the Western Front. Grün was allowed in the new 100.000 men Reichswehr
and retired, age 55, on 30-09-1937. The Reichswehr
was limited to a standing army of 100,000 men, and a navy of 15,000. The establishment of a General Staff was prohibited. Heavy weapons such as artillery above the caliber of 105 mm (for naval guns, above 205 mm), armored vehicles, submarines and capital ships were forbidden, as were aircraft of any kind. Otto Grün was placed to the disposal of the Army on 01-11-1928 and assigned as Inspector of Artillery with the Chief of Army Armaments and as commander of the Replacement Army during the whole war, until 31-05-1944, as he landed in the infamous Führer Reserve. Not Adolf Hitler’s
(did you know
) favorite and not useful for the war fare, he was retired on 31-08-1944, age 62.
Death and burial ground of Grün, Otto.
He lived near the beautiful Tegernsee, Bavaria
and died there, three years later, at the age of 65, on 26-03-1948. He is buried with his wife Eelenor, on the village cemetery of Tegernsee and only steps from the graves of other WWII personalities, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur District München, Johannes Höfert, Major, Gerhard Barkhorn
the Flyer Ace, and Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Completion Office of the XVII Army Corps
, August Wagner