Below, Otto von
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Below, Otto von

(January 18, 1857, Danzig, modern Gdańsk – March 9, 1944, Besenhausen near Göttingen), German general. After attending secondary school, Below joined the Prussian army as a cadet in 1871. From 1884 to 1887 he attended the Prussian Military Academy and was subsequently appointed to the General Staff. He was given command of a battalion in 1897, a regiment in 1905, and a brigade in 1909. In 1912 he was promoted to lieutenant-general, with command of the 2nd Division at Insterburg (Chernyakhovsk) in East Prussia.

At the start of the war Below commanded the Ist Reserve…

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Kleine Vennekate, Erik, “Below, Otto von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0063>
First published online: 2015



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