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Otto von Below

Place of birth: Danzig, Prussia
Place of death: Danzig, Germany
Allegiance: Imperial Germany
Service/branch: Prussian Army
Years of service: -1919
Rank: general
Commands held: 17th Army
Battles/wars: World War I

Otto von Below (18 January 1857 - 15 March 1944) was a Prussian general. He was born at and died at Danzig (Gdańsk).

Before World War I, Otto von Below became major-general in 1909 and lieutenant-general in 1912. On August 1, 1914 he took command of the I. Reserve Corps, which on the outbreak of the war was to be assigned to the Eight Army in East Prussia. During World War I, Below took part as a commander in the Battle of Gumbinnen, for which he was promoted to General der Infanterie, the Battle of Tannenberg (1914) and the Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes (February 1915). He later fought in campaigns in Macedonia (1916) and in Italy (1917), where he defeated the Italians at Caporetto. In 1918, he commanded the 17th Army on the Western Front. Below retired in 1919.

Below was the cousin of Fritz von Below, another German commander during the war.

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