Wilhelm Eitel-Friedrich Christian Karl Prinz von Preußen, K.H.
(07.07.1883 - 08.12.1942)
place of birth:  Potsdam, Brandenburg
Königreich Preußen:  Prinz,  Div-Kdr,  General


Prince Eitel Friedrich, Kaiser Wilhelm II's second child, served as commander of Imperial Germany's 1st Guard Infantry Division during the Great War. Although he had an unspectacular military career, at mobilization he received a top regimental command with the 1st Foot Guards. He also distinguished himself early on during the Fall of Antwerp. He then commanded the 1st Guards Infantry Brigade as a Colonel (1914-15) when he was awarded the Pour le Merite. From 1915 through most of 1918, he commanded 1st Guards Infantry Division. In October 1918, he lost his command, ostensibly due to health reasons, but it was in actuality politically motivated. Was vehemently anti-Nazi during post war years, dying on 8 December 1942 in Potsdam.



 
 
Generalmajor ................. 12.05.1918

Pour le Mérite ................. 22.03.1915   (Eichenlaub:  08.09.1916)
 
 
 

  
 
Curriculum Vitae  
    
07.07.1893 Sekonde-Lieutenant
07.07.1893 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Potsdam
09.02.1903 Premier-Lieutenant
27.01.1905 Hauptmann
27.01.1910 Major
   
Great War  
   
02.08.1914 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß  =  2. Armee
15.11.1914 1. Garde-Infanterie-Brigade
27.01.1915 Oberst
04.04.1915 1. Garde-Infanterie-Division  (replaced Oskar von Hutier)
12.05.1918 Generalmajor
   
   
 

06.05.1914

 

 

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