SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
NAME: Generalleutnant Otto Elfeldt
PW NO: 18860
CAPTURED: Vicinity of Saint
DATE: 20 August 1944
DATE OF BIRTH: 10
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bad Sülze / Mecklenburg
DATE OF DEATH: 23 October 1982
PLACE OF DEATH: Bad Schwartau
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
EYE COLOUR: Unknown
NEXT OF KIN: Gertrud
Elfeldt, (British Zone)
27 June 1914
5 August 1914
4 October 1914
30 October 1914 (Patent 23 October 1914)
27 January 1915 (Patent 18 June 1915)
1 February 1925
1 August 1929
1 September 1935
1 April 1938 (RDA 1 August 1937)
1 June 1940
1 January 1943
8 August 1943 (RDA 1 July 1943)
Commands & Assignments:
June 1914: Entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker in the Lauenburgisches
August 1914: Transferred to the field with Foot Artillery Regiment 20.
November 1915: Transferred to the Replacement Battalion of Foot Artillery
January 1916: Transferred to the II. Battalion of Foot Artillery Regiment
August 1917-10 September 1917: At the same time, detached as an Ordnance
Officer to the staff of Foot Artillery Regiment 20.
October 1917: Transferred to the regimental staff of Foot Artillery
November 1917: Detached as a Static Officer to the staff of Artillery
December 1917: Detached to the staff of Artillery Commander 116.
December 1917: Assigned as the Artillery Communications Officer of the
General Command of the XIV Army Corps.
May 1918: At the same time, served as the Regimental Adjutant of Foot
Artillery Regiment 20.
March 1919: Transferred to Volunteer Heavy Artillery Battalion 20.
April 1919: Transferred to the 2nd Battery of the Reichswehr Heavy Artillery
August 1919: Transferred to the 3rd Battery of Reichswehr Light Artillery
November 1919: Transferred to the staff of the I. Battalion of Light
Artillery Regiment 9.
April 1920: Transferred to Heavy Artillery Battalion 1.
October 1920: Transferred to the staff of the 2nd (Prussian) Artillery
November 1924: Transferred to the Leader Assistant Course with the staff
of the 2nd Division.
October 1926: Transferred to the 4th Battery of the 2nd (Prussian) Artillery
October 1927: Transferred to the 5th Battery of the 2nd (Prussian) Artillery
October 1928-1 December 1928: Detached to the Firing Course for Artillery
Officers at the Münster Troop Training Area.
February 1929: Transferred to the 4th Battery of the 2nd (Prussian)
October 1929: Transferred to the staff of the II. Battalion of the 2nd
(Prussian) Artillery Regiment.
February 1930: Chief of the 5th Battery of the 2nd (Prussian) Artillery
December 1931-15 December 1931: Detached to Gas Protection Course C
October 1934: Commander of the II. Battalion of Artillery Regiment “Schwerin.”
October 1935: Commander of the II. Battalion of Artillery Regiment 56.
June 1938-30 July 1938: At the same time, delegated with the leadership
of the Weapons School Course for Senior Officer Cadets.
June 1939: Detached to Inspectorate 4 of the Army High Command.
August 1939: Commander of Artillery Regimental Staff 619.
October 1939: Staff Officer for Artillery in the General Staff of Army
October 1939: Chief of Staff of the General of Artillery in the Army
October 1942: Army High Command Leader Reserve.
November 1942-12 November 1943: Commander of the 302nd Infantry Division.
[After serving in northern France, the 302nd Infantry Division began
moving to the Eastern Front in December 1942 and saw action in southern
Russia at Voroshilovgrad, on the Mius River and at Zaporizhia.]
November 1943: Army High Command Leader Reserve.
December 1943-February 1944: Commander of the 156th Reserve Division
1944-30 July 1944: Commander of the 47th Infantry Division in France.
July 1944-20 August 1944: Delegated with the leadership of the LXXXIV
Army Corps in France.
[Trapped in the Falaise Pocket, the German Army in Normandy faced total
annihilation as the Allied armies rapidly advanced to seal the pocket.
When all German battle-worthy units were ordered to break out of the
pocket on the night of 19-20 August 1944, Generalleutnant Elfeldt and
his corps staff served as a rearguard to cover the withdrawal of several
individual battle groups. In the early morning hours of 20 August 1944,
Elfeldt led a small group of stragglers in an attempt to bypass the
enemy-held town of Saint Lambert. However, Generalleutnant Elfeldt and
his group were surprised and captured by elements of the 1st Polish
August 1944-20 January 1948: Prisoner of war in British captivity.
- 23 August 1944 transferred to Trent Park Camp 11 sorting camp..
- 11 January 1946 transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from
- 14 January 1948 transferred to Camp 157 for repatriation.
Decorations & Awards:
Cross in Gold: 17 November 1943, Generalleutnant, Commander of the 302nd
Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
Military Merit Cross, 1st Class
Military Merit Cross, 2nd Class
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
Badge in Black – World War I award
 Generalleutnant Elfeldt relinquished command
of the 47th Infantry Division to Generalmajor Carl Wahle. On 4 September
1944, Generalmajor Wahle was captured by U.S. troops when the remnants
of his division attempted to break out of the Mons Pocket. Wahle was
later held as a prisoner of war at Island Farm Special Camp No. 11.
 Generalleutnant Dietrich von Choltitz relinquished
command of the LXXXIV Army Corps to Generalleutnant Elfeldt. Later promoted
to General der Infanterie, von Choltitz was appointed Commanding General
and Armed Forces Commander of Greater Paris. Although directed by Hitler
to turn Paris “into a field of ruins,” von Choltitz ignored the order and surrendered the capital to the French
forces of General Charles de Gaulle on 25 August 1944.