|Josias von Heeringen|
General Josias von Heeringen
|Born||9 March 1850|
|Died||9 October 1926(aged 76)|
|Place of birth||Kassel, Electorate of Hesse|
|Place of death||Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany|
|Service/branch||Imperial German Army|
|Years of service||1867-1918|
World War I
|Awards||Pour le Mérite with Oakleaves|
Life and military career[edit | edit source]
Heeringen was born in Kassel in the Electorate of Hesse. After a lengthy military career he became a major in the ministry of war. From 1892 to 1895 he was head of department in the General Staff. In 1898 he was appointed a Major-General and made head of the army's department within the ministry of war.
In 1901 he was made a Generalleutnant and in 1903 became head of the 22nd Division. In 1906 he was made a General der Infanterie, and also commander of the II Army Corps, whose headquarters was in Stettin. From 1909 to 1913 he was Prussian Minister of War, then became General Inspector of the II Army Inspectorate, headquartered in Berlin.
He took command of the Seventh Army in August 1914 - the army which was being used as a decoy for the attempted German invasion of France - and successfully defended Alsace against the French in the Battle of Mulhouse, for which he was awarded the Pour le Mérite (28 August 1915). He was awarded the Oakleaves on 28 August 1916. He commanded the Seventh Army until 1916 when he was transferred to coastal command in Germany for the duration of the war. He left active service with the rank of a Colonel General.
References[edit | edit source]
- "The Prussian Machine". http://home.comcast.net/~jcviser/aok/heeringen.htm. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "Pour le Mérite". http://www.pourlemerite.org/. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
Karl von Einem
|Prussian Minister of War
Erich von Falkenhayn
General der Kavallerie Arnold von Langenbeck
|Commander, II Corps
21 September 1906-1 September 1909
General der Infanterie Alexander von Linsingen
Formed from II Army Inspectorate
|Commander, 7th Army
2 August 1914-28 August 1916
General der Artillerie Richard von Schubert
Generaloberst Ludwig von Falkenhausen
|Commander, High Command of Coastal Defence
29 August 1916-19 September 1918
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