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Monday, 2 March 2015

Fritz Wilhelm Theodor Karl von Below

Fritz Wilhelm Theodor Karl von Below

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Branch: Kaiserliche Heer
Born: 23 September 1853 in Danzig, Prussia.
Died: 23 November 1918 in Weimar, Germany.

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Generaloberst
General der Infanterie
Generalleutnant
Generalmajor
Oberst
Oberstleutnant
Major
Hauptmann
Oberleutnant
Leutnant
Fähnrich

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Fritz Wilhelm Theodor Karl von Below a son of General Ferdinand von Below, was born at Danzig, 23, September 1853. He was educated at the cadet corps, and entered the German army as a lieutenant of the guard in 1873. In September 1912, when he became a general, he was placed in command of the 19th army corps, and during the early part of the Great War was at the head of the German 8th Army.

One of Paul von Hindenburg's lieutenants, he was prominent in the early operations in East Prussia, winning an engagement. Sometimes called battle of Lyck. Later he was active in the Baltic provinces, and in 1915, attacked the Russians on theDwina, in connection with an attempt to take Riga, only successful.

In 1917, he appeared on the Western front, and in 1918. He commanded the German army in the third battle off Aisne in May to June his attack on Reims failing definitely an 18 June. Shortly afterwards, he was replaced by Bruno von Mudra and was given no other command of importance during the Great War. Fritz von Below died in Weimar, Germany on 23 November 1918.

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