Wilhelm Eitel-Friedrich Christian
Karl Prinz von Preußen, K.H.
(07.07.1883 - 08.12.1942)
place of birth: Potsdam, Brandenburg
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.
le Mérite .................
àls d.Gren.R.2 (7.7.01), d.Leib G.Hus.R. (1.10.12), d.1.G.L.R.,
u.d.2.SeeBn. (9.7.12), i.Öster.34.