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Hellmuth Böhlke

Otto Hellmuth Böhlke
Born (1893-02-07)7 February 1893
Lubahn, Russian Empire
Died 8 April 1956(1956-04-08) (aged 63)
Bad Mergentheim
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1920)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–20
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 334. Infanterie-Division

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Police officer

Otto Hellmuth Böhlke (7 February 1893 – 8 April 1956) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded the 334. Infanterie-Division. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hellmuth Böhlke was captured by British troops in April 1945 and held until 1947.


  • Awards and decorations 1
    • Wehrmachtbericht references 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
29 June 1944 Bei den schweren Abwehrkämpfen in diesem Abschnitt haben sich die 1. Fallschirmjägerdivision unter Generalleutnant Heidrich und die 334. Infanteriedivision unter Generalmajor Böhlke durch besondere Tapferkeit und Standhaftigkeit ausgezeichnet.[4] In the heavy defensive battles in this sector have the 1st Parachute Division under Lieutenant-General Heidrich and the 334th Infantry Division under Major General Böhlke distinguished themselves by showing bravery and steadfastness.
24 September 1944 Bei den schweren Kämpfen nördlich Florenz hat sich die aus Soldaten aller Gaue des Reiches zusammengesetzte 334. Infanteriedivision in Abwehr und Gegenangriff unter Führung von von Generalleutnant Böhlke hervorragend bewährt.[5] In the heavy fighting north of Florence, has the 334 Infantry Division, composed of soldiers from all provinces of the empire, under the leadership of Lieutenant General Bohlke proved to be excellent in defense and counter-attack.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1997, p. 59.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 117.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 80.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 142.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 258.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.  
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985.  

External links

  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • specialcamp11
  • Hellmuth Böhlke @ Axis Biographical Research at the Wayback Machine (archived October 28, 2009)
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Walter Scheller
Commander of 334. Infanterie-Division
27 November 1943 – 16 April 1945
Succeeded by
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