Friedrich Freiherr von Esebeck
(23.08.1870 - 25.05.1951)
place of birth: Weimar
Friedrich Freiherr von Esebeck launched his service career in
1890 when he joined the 1st Guards Regiment in Berlin. He spent much of
his early career in staff work, either at the corps level or in Berlin
with the Great General Staff.
As Germany entered the Great War in August of 1914, von Esebeck
was serving as von Mudra's Chief Operations Officer (Ia) with the XVI
Army Corps based in Metz. A few months into the war, von Esebeck was
promoted to XVI Corps' Chief of Staff. He was then transferred to Heeresgruppe
Deutscher Kronprinz to work as Crown Prince Wilhelm's Chief
Operations Officer (Ia). This was followed up in April 1917 with a move
to headquarters of Armeeabteilung A, where Major von Esebeck once
again functioned as General von Mudra's Chief of Staff. He served for
just a couple months in 1918 as Fritz von Below's Chief of Staff at
Ninth Army headquarters at Crepy, and then spent the final months
of the War as Chief of Staff of the Military Government of Metz.
In the aftermath of World War One, Oberstleutnant von Esebeck
continued his military service, ultimately commanding 1st Infantry
Division in Königsberg and simultaneously acting as commander of
Wehrkreis I. He retired from active duty in September 1929 and was given
the brevet rank
of General der Infanterie.