Karl Ignaz Maria Ritter von Brug
(15.6.1855 - 25.4.1923)
place of birth: Dirlewang, Schwaben
von Brug served as a Bavarian general during the Great War and is also
credited as establishing air travel in Bavaria. He was born and raised in the Unterallgäu
district of southern Germany, the son of a doctor.
He attended high school in Augsburg and later studied to be an architect
at the Polytechnical Institute in Munich.
von Brug began his military career in 1878 when he joined the
Bavarian Army's combat engineers corps. As a captain and company
commander in 1890, he was selected to head up the Army's newly
established airship detachment. Ritter von Brug was eventually in
1909 appointed as chief inspector of the Royal Bavarian Corps of
German forces mobilized for World War One, Ritter
von Brug continued as the head of the Bavarian combat engineer troops
who were engaged on the Western Front. He had to retire from military
service in 1916 due to health issues which arose during the campaign in
France. As a civilian, however, von Brug remained in the area of
aviation development in Germany. He was a member of several scientific
societies. General von Brug died in April 1923 in his adopted hometown
of Garmisch, Bavaria.