Otto Baum: SS-Oberführer (1911 - 1998) | Biography
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Otto Baum

Otto Baum

Otto Baum
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Was Soldier Military personnel
From Germany
Field Military
Gender male
Birth 15 November 1911, Hechingen
Death 18 June 1998, Hechingen (aged 86 years)
Otto Baum
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Otto Baum, (15 November 1911 – 18 June 1998) was a high-ranking commander (Oberführer) of the Waffen-SS during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords of Nazi Germany.
Baum was born on 15 November 1911 in Hechingen-Stetten, a son of a merchant. From 1930 to 1932, he studied two semesters of agriculture at the University of Hohenheim. He served as a battalion commander in 3rd SS Totenkopf Infantry Regiment during the Operation Barbarossa, invasion of the Soviet Union. After recovering from severe wounds in 1943, he was promoted to regimental commander, and eventually reached the rank of SS-Oberführer . He took command of the SS Division Das Reich in July 1944, and saw action in the Falaise Pocket.


  • Anschluss Medal (13 March 1938)
  • Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (25 September 1939)
    • 1st Class (15 June 1940)
  • Infantry Assault Badge (3 October 1940)
  • Tank Destruction Badge
  • German Cross in Gold on 26 December 1941 as SS-Sturmbannführer in the III./SS-Infanterie-Regiment 3
  • Wound Badge in Silver
  • Demyansk Shield
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
    • Knight's Cross on 8 May 1942 as SS-Sturmbannführer and commander of the III./SS-Totenkopf-Infanterie-Regiment 3
    • 277th Oak Leaves on 22 August 1943 as SS-Obersturmbannführer and commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Thule".
    • 95th Swords on 2 September 1944 as SS-Standartenführer and commander 2. SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich"
  • Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht on 29 July 1944

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