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.

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Kleine Vennekate, Erik, “Below, Otto von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 18 November 2017 <>
First published online: 2015

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