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Hi everyone,

I had never thought to pose this question here, but given the vast amount of researchers on this forum, I figured it was worth a shot.

I’m wondering if anyone has any photos or information on this eventual General from his Imperial days?  Here is the widely available biography on him and his military career.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or feedback you may have.


Generalmajor Otto Prinz
Born: 04 Jul 1893 in Ernstweiler, District Zweibrücken
Died: 09 Aug 1977 in Friedberg, Hessen

Fähnrich (23 Aug 1914); Leutnant (05 Dec 1914); Oberleutnant (18 Oct 1918); Hauptmann (01 Feb 1931); Major (01 Jan 1936); Oberstleutnant (01 Dec 1938); Oberst (01 Mar 1940); Generalmajor (01 Sep 1943)

Entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker and Company-Officer in the 160th Infantry-Regiment (13 Mar 1914-03 Apr 1915)
Adjutant with the Field-Recruitment-Depot of the Special-Purpose-General-Command 55 (04 Apr 1915-23 Apr 1917)
Ordinance-Officer with the General-Staff of the VIII. Army-Corps (24 Apr 1917-02 Jan 1918)
Detached to the Signals-Group-Leader 608, Army High command 8 (03 Jan 1918-28 Feb 1918)
Platoon-Leader with Group-Telephone-Signals-Commander 608 (01 Mar 1918-06 Mar 1918)
Detached to Divisions-Signals-Commander 525 (07 Mar 1918-28 May 1918)
Commander of Divisions-Telephone-Battalion 94, 9th Cavalry-Division (29 May 1918-23 Dec 1918)
With the 2nd Signals-Replacement-Battalion (24 Dec 1918-11 Jan 1919)
Adjutant of the 2nd Signals-Replacement-Battalion (12 Jan 1919-20 Oct 1919)
With the 2nd Brigade-Signals-Battalion (21 Oct 1919-30 Sep 1920)
Retired (30 Sep 1920)
Reactivated to Army Service as Company-Officer in the 2nd Signals-Battalion (01 Feb 1924-28 Feb 1926)
Signals-Course D at the Artillery-School Jüterbog (13 Oct 1924-27 May 1925)
With the Staff of the 2nd Signals-Battalion (01 Mar 1926-31 Dec 1928)
Officer-Weapons-School-Course in Dresden (01 Oct 1926-20 Feb 1927)
Signals-Officer of the Commander Königsberg (01 Jan 1929-30 Sep 1932)
Company-Chief in the 5th Signals-Battalion (01 Oct 1932-31 Mar 1934)
Placed to the Disposal of the Chief of Army Command (01 Apr 1934-30 Apr 1934)
Transferred into Luftwaffe Service as Communications-Officer with Air-District-Command V, Munich (01 May 1934-31 Mar 1935)
Advisor with the Chief of Communication-Affairs, RLM (01 Apr 1935-31 Jul 1936)
Acting-Commander of the Signals-Department of the RLM in Potsdam Eiche (01 Aug 1936-30 Sep 1936)
Commander of the Signals-Department of the RLM in Potsdam Eiche (01 Oct 1936-30 Jun 1938)
Department-Chief (Cables) with the Chief of Communication-Affairs, RLM (01 Jul 1938-25 Mar 1939)
Liaison-Officer of OKW to the Reichs Postal Ministry (26 Mar 1939-28 Feb 1940)
Higher-Wehrmacht-Signals-Leader Sofia (01 Jan 1941-19 Jun 1942)
Higher Signals Leader of the Luftwaffe-Mission in Romania (20 Jun 1942-31 Jan 1943)
Special Purpose Higher Signals Leader with Army High Command 12 then with Wehrmacht-Commander South-East (01 Feb 1943-14 Mar 1943)
Air-Signals-Telephone-Inspector of the Luftwaffe (15 Mar 1943-28 Jun 1943)
Signals-Leader with Air-Region-Command XXXIX, Athens then with Luftwaffe-Staff Greece (29 Jun 1943-31 Jul 1943)
Signals-Leader with the X. Flying-Corps (01 Aug 1943-21 Mar 1944)
Führer-Reserve OKL – Placed to the Disposal of Air-Region-Command VI (22 Mar 1944-24 Apr 1944)
Signals-Leader with Air-Region-Command VI, Münster (25 Apr 1944-14 Jan 1945)
General with Special Duties and Inspector of Wehrmacht-Signals-Commanders in OKW with Communication-Affairs (15 Jan 1945-03 May 1945)
In US Captivity (03 May 1945-12 May 1947)
Released (12 May 1947)

Decorations & Awards:
- 1914 EK I
- 1914 EK II
- k.u.k. Österr. Militär-Verdienstkreuz III. Klasse mit der Kriegsdekoration
- Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Schwarz
- Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
- Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. bis II. Klasse
- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 01.10.1938
- Spange zum EK II
- Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. bis I. Klasse mit Schwertern

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Thanks so much Matt & Claudio!

I have seen the poor quality version along with his gravesite photo.  But I did not see Matt’s reply until Saturday.  I hope I did not miss any auction listing for that photo as that would have been perfect to buy.  Although certainly possible.
I couldn’t find any eBay listing, but the photo is watermarked with what appears to be the seller or owner’s user name.  Does anyone recognize this handle, and/or do you know how I might track down this seller/owner?

Best regards,


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I found him on eBay and sent a message.  Hopefully he’ll respond.  Thanks so much for chiming in here.

Unfortunately there were two other photos of this general that he sold, just last month!  What a bummer.

I have a grouping to this general which I’ve been able to rebuild over time.  So finding additional photos like this is priceless.


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