Otto Lancelle in 1939
|Born||27 March 1885|
|Died||3 July 1941(aged 56)|
|Place of birth||Xanten, Kingdom of Prussia|
|Place of death||Krāslava, Latvia|
German Empire (to 1918)|
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1905–1945|
Generalleutnant (Posthumously) (Heer)|
|Commands held||121. Infanterie-Division|
Pour le Mérite|
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Otto Lancelle (27 March 1885 – 3 July 1941) was a Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II and a recipient of both the Pour le Mérite and Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Pour le Mérite was the highest military order of the German Empire. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Otto Lancelle was killed by a sniper on 3 July 1941 at the Krāslava Bridgehead on the Dvina near Krāslava, Latvia. He was posthumously promoted to Generalleutnant and awarded the Knight's Cross.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1914)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Wound Badge (1914)
- in Black
- in Silver
- Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords (14 August 1917)
- Pour le Mérite (9 October 1918)
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 July 1941 (posthumously) as Generalmajor and commander of 121. Infanterie-Division
- Scherzer 2007, p. 490.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 231.
- 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.
General der Artillerie Curt Jahn
|Commander of 121. Infanterie-Division
6 May 1941 – 3 July 1941
General der Artillerie Martin Wandel
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