• Otto Lancelle was martyred in the fight against communism by a sniper on July 3, 1941 at the Kraslava Bridgehead in Latvia. He had the honor of being the first German general killed in communist occupied Russia. He was posthumously promoted to Generalleutnant and awarded the Knight's Cross.

    [Below: Otto Lancelle in the uniform of a hero. In WWI he earned the extremely coveted Pour le Mérite medal (seen here around his neck). He also earned the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class and a heap of others, not too mention the might Knight's Cross after his death.]