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Wilhelm Eitel Friedrich Christian Karl Prinz von Preußen
(7.7.1883 - 8.12.1942)
place of birth:  Potsdam, Brandenburg


Major general who was Kaiser Wilhelm II's second child. 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.



 
Assignments and Commands  (pre-War)
00.00.0000 Regiment
   
Assignments and Commands  (during Great War)
02.08.1914 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß  =  2. Armee
15.11.1914 1. Garde-Infanterie-Brigade
04.04.1915 1. Garde-Infanterie-Division     (replaced von Hutier)
   
Pour le Merite:  22 March 1915  (Oakleaves:  8 September 1916)
à la suite:  Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment  (26.5.1909)
highest rank:  Generalmajor





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