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Magnus von Eberhardt
General Magnus von Eberhardt
Born (1855-12-06)December 6, 1855
Died 24 January 1939(1939-01-24) (aged 83)
Place of birth Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Place of death Berlin, Germany
Allegiance  German Empire
Service/branch Flag of the German Empire.svg Imperial German Army
Years of service 1874-1918
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held
Battles/wars World War I

Pour le Mérite with Oakleaves

Knight of Justice, Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg)

Magnus von Eberhardt (6 December 1855 – 24 January 1939) was a Prussian military officer and a German General der Infanterie during World War I. He received the Pour le Mérite (Prussia's and Germany's highest military honor) with Oakleaves (signifying a second award) and was a Rechtsritter (Knight of Justice) of the Johanniterorden (Order of Saint John).

Pre war[edit | edit source]

Magnus von Eberhardt was born on 6 December 1855 in Berlin. He began his military career in 1874 (at age 19) as a Sekonde-Lieutenant in the 93rd (Anhalt) Infantry Regiment at Zerbst.[1]

World War I[edit | edit source]

At the outbreak of the war, von Eberhardt was Military Governor of Straßburg, then in the German Imperial territory of Alsace-Lorraine.[2] On 1 September 1914 he took command of the temporary Corps Eberhardt[3] named for him. On 1 December 1914 it was established as XV Reserve Corps and on 1 September 1916 it was renamed as XV Bavarian Reserve Corps. On 16 October 1916, he transferred to command X Reserve Corps.[4]

In August 1918, he temporarily toook command of 7th Army from Max von Boehn on the Western Front before going on to command 1st Army just before the end of the War.

Von Eberhardt was awarded the Pour le Mérite on 20 May 1917. He was awarded the Oakleaves on 22 September 1917.[5]

Post war[edit | edit source]

In 1919, von Eberhardt was appointed to the defense of Eastern Prussia as commander of the Kulmer Land Defence Forces. In the spring of 1919, he received the order to withdraw from the territory of Soldau and Polish troops took possession.[6]

Von Eberhardt died in Berlin on 24 January 1939 at the age of 83. He was interred in the Invalidenfriedhof.

References[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Cron, Hermann (2002). Imperial German Army 1914-18: Organisation, Structure, Orders-of-Battle [first published: 1937]. Helion & Co. ISBN 1-874622-70-1. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Formed as Corps Eberhardt
Commander, XV Reserve Corps
1 September 1914-16 October 1916
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Maximilian von Höhn
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Georg Fuchs
Commander, X Reserve Corps
15 October 1916-6 August 1918
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Arthur von Gabain
Preceded by
Generaloberst Max von Boehn
Commander, 7th Army
6 August 1918-15 October 1918
Succeeded by
Generaloberst Max von Boehn
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Otto von Below
Commander, 1st Army
8 November 1918-1 December 1918
Succeeded by

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