Hitzfeld, Otto, born 07-05-1898 in Schluchsee, Blasiwald,
joined the Army Service, on 18-01-1915, as a war volunteer in the Replacement Battalion of the 7th
Badischen Infanterie-Regiments Nr. 142
, in Mühlheim. He, age 16, became a Fahnenjunker in April 1915 and in July 1915 transferred to the front. He received both the Iron Crosses
and was allowed in the new Reichswehr
after the war. On 01-08-1939, age 41, promoted to Oberstleutnant with the command of the III Battalion of the 158th
Infantry Regiment. With this Regiment he participated in the Western war, then appointed to commander of the 593rd
Infantry Regiment on 15-11-1940 and in July 1941 as commander of the 213th
Infantry Regiment on the Eastern Front. He was fighting heavy battles on the Krim
and was awarded with the Iron Cross of the Iron Cross on 30-10-1941. Promoted to Oberst on 01-01-1942, he received the Oak Leaves. Hitzfeld was wounded
for the fifth time near Krasnodar, on 15-08-1942 and got the wounded medal in gold. Recovered on 19-01-1943, he became Commander of the 102nd
, he succeeded Generaloberst der Infanterie, Oberbefehlhaber Armee Abteilung Narwa
, Johannes Friessner
. On 01-04-1943 was promoted to Generalmajor and in November 1943 to Generalleutnant and lost his command to Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 558th Volksgrenadier-Division
, Werner von Bercken
He now was appointed to commander of the Infantry School in Döberitz until 01-11-1944 and again commander of the LXVII Army Corps, succeeding General der Infanterie, Friedrich Schack
His last command was of the 11th
Army, succeeding General der Infanterie Anton Grasser
and he declared the town of Göttingen, full of refugees, as a free city. He landed in U.S captivity on 19-04-1945, Hitzfeld second from right
and released on 12-05-1947.
In the 1950s, Anton Grasser was involved in organizing an illegal underground army set up by Nazi veterans in the event of a Soviet invasion of West Germany. Grasser died on 03-11-1976, aged 85, in Stuttgart.
Death and burial ground of Hitzfeld, Otto Maximillian.