Friedrich Freiherr von Esebeck
(23.8.1870 - 25.5.1951)
place of birth: Weimar
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 at the rank of General der Infanterie.