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Otto Heidkämper
Born (1901-03-13)March 13, 1901
Died 17 February 1969(1969-02-17) (aged 67)
Place of birth Lauenhagen
Place of death Bückeburg
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1918–1945
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 4. Panzer-Division
XXIV. Panzerkorps
Division Nr. 464
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World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Otto Heidkämper (13 March 1901 – 17 February 1969) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Otto Heidkämper was captured by American troops in early May 1945 and was released later that month.

Awards and decorations[]


  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 181.
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). 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]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Heinrich Eberbach
Commander of 4. Panzer-Division
2 March 1942 – 4 April 1942
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Heinrich Eberbach
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl Eibel
Commander of XXIV. Panzerkorps
21 January 1943 – 9 February 1943
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppen Walther Nehring
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs
Chief of the General Staff of HeeresGruppe Mitte
1 September 1944 - January 1945
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Wolf-Dietrich Ritter und Edler von Xylander
Preceded by
Generalmajor Eugen Theilacker
Commander of Division Nr. 464
27 April 1945 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by

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