Richard Heinrich Karl von Conta
24.11.1856 - 20.01.1941
place of birth: Tuchel, Westpreußen
General der Infanterie
German General der Infanterie Richard von Conta was in
command of 1st Infantry Division defending against the Russian
onslaught at Stallupönen and Gumbinnen
during the early stages of the Great War. Subordinate to General von Francois' I.
Army Corps, 1st Infantry Division achieved probably its greatest success during
the late August Battle
of Tannenberg. The division was soon thereafter engaged against the
Russians at the First Battle of Masurian Lakes.
1st Infantry Division moved to Hungary in early 1915 in order to fight
alongside Germany's Südarmee in the
Carpathians. The following year, in the spring of 1916, the troops were
transferred to the Verdun theater on the Western Front. General
von Conta was selected in July of that year to head up the so-called Karpathen-Korps.
This force, which included Conta's former division, joined the
Austro-Hungarian Seventh Army and fought in the so-called September
Battle of the Carpathians, for which General von Conta was decorated
with the Pour
In December 1917, Conta's headquarters once again returned
west to France, where his staff took command of the newly redesignated
IV. Reserve Corps (aka Gruppe Conta). This unit battled alongside
troops from the 18th Field Army, and took part in the late-March action
to break through at St Quentin. By late April, the IV. Reserves had
switched over to fight with the 7th Field Army which was engaged at Soissons
and then Reims. General von Conta continued his
exemplary leadership until the Armistice was signed on 11 November, and
thereafter lead his corps troops back to headquarters in Magdeburg. He
lived in retirement until the year 1941, when he passed away in
Frankfurt an der Oder.