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  • German & Austrian Field Marshals of WW1

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    The General Field Marshal (or simply Field Marshal, in German Generalfeldmarschall or Feldmarschall) was a rank in the Prussian Army which could be granted to active officers only in the war. In the Prussian Army and in the Third Reich the rank had several privileges, e.g. a constant escort/protection. In 1870 Prince Friedrich Karl and Kronprinz Friedrich William became the first Prussian princes appointed field marshals. Still, in the year 1854 the rank of Colonel-General had been invented, in order to be able to carry prince Wilhelm, without breaking this rule.

    In the German armies the rank of General Field Marshal was the highest military rank until 1945. Its equivalent in the navy was Grand Admiral. Today, the highest rank in the German Armed Forces is General.

    The rank of Generalfeldmarschall existed in the Electorate and Kingdom of Saxony separate from Prussia until the latter's incorporation in republican Germany after 1918. Listed below are Marshals, sorted by year and political affiliation.

    I found this one another list but thought it might be interesting. Here is a list of German field marshals from WW1:

    1 January 1911 - Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843-1916)
    16 May 1911 - King George V of the United Kingdom
    11 September 1912 - King Frederick Augustus III of Saxony
    8 August 1913 - King Constantine I of Greece
    2 November 1914 - Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934)
    27 January 1915 - Karl von Buelow (1846-1921)
    22 June 1915 - Archduke Friedrich of Austria
    22 June 1915 - August von Mackensen (1849-1945)
    26 June 1915 - Prince Ludwig of Bavaria
    23 July 1916 - William II of Wuerttemberg
    1 August 1916 - Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria (1869-1955)
    1 August 1916 - Prince Leopold of Bavaria (1846-1930)
    1 August 1916 - Duke Albrecht of Wuerttemberg (1865-1939)
    18 January 1916 - King Ferdinand of Bulgaria
    1 February 1916 - Sultan Mehmed V of the Ottoman Empire
    1916 - Franz Graf Conrad von H tzendorf (1852-1925)
    12 February 1917 Emperor Karl of Austria
    18 December 1917 - Hermann von Eichhorn (1848-1918)
    31 December 1917 - Remus von Woyrsch (1847-1920)

    Obviously, a bunch (most) of these are honorifics. How many of these guys actually led troops?

    And here are the Austrians.

    8 December 1914 - Archduke Friedrich of Austria (1856-1936)
    23 November 1916 - Archduke Eugen of Austria (1863-1954)
    25 November 1916 - Franz Graf Conrad von H tzendorf (1852-1925)
    5 November 1917 - Hermann Freiherr K vess von K vesshaza (1854-1924)
    5 November 1917 - Alexander Freiherr von Krobatin (1849-1933)
    30 January 1918 - Franz Freiherr Rohr von Denta (1854-1927)
    31 January 1918 - Eduard Freiherr von Boehm-Ermolli (1856-1941)
    1 February 1918 - Svetozar Boroevic von Bojna (1856-1920)
    24 October 1918 - Archduke Joseph August of Austria (1872-1962)

    Any info on these guys?

    JS
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    I will see what I can find on these guys. Thanks for the list.
    There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. -Henry Kissinger

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    • #3
      I found a great website listing all of the leaders below that are mentioned. : http://www.firstworldwar.com/bio/commanders.htm
      There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. -Henry Kissinger

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        Originally posted by Napoleon
        I found a great website listing all of the leaders below that are mentioned. : http://www.firstworldwar.com/bio/commanders.htm
        I apologize for not getting back to this sooner, but this is a great website...it provides a more worldwide list than mine, and also provides the bios!

        I looked up Mackenson, who has been one of my favorites due to his role in publicity shots for the Nazis in WW2 (a war I admit that has more interest for me that WW1). I was surprised to learn that he fought in the Franco-Prussian War as well as WW1, and survived WW2, dying in Nov 45.

        What an amazing man and an amazing life! (I love that death's head hussar hat, too!)

        JS
        Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
        Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


        "Never pet a burning dog."

        RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
        http://www.mormon.org
        http://www.sca.org
        http://www.scv.org/
        http://www.scouting.org/

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        • #5
          www.firstworldwar.com is the best website I have ever seen for WW1. I'm glad to see that people are finally taking notice of it.
          There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. -Henry Kissinger

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