Konrad Ernst von Goßler
(28.12.1848 - 07.02.1933)
place of birth: Potsdam, Brandenburg
Preußen: General der Infanterie
Imperial German general Konrad von Goßler commanded VI. Reserve
Corps throughout most
of the Great War. Prior to the War, he served as Governor of the Mainz
Fortress from 1908 through 1910. His father Karl Gustav served as
Prussian Chancellor, while his mother, Sophie von Mühler, was the
daughter of Justice Minister Heinrich Gottlob von Mühler. Konrad's
brother, General of Infantry Heinrich von Goßler, was Prussian War
Minister from 1896 to 1903, while brother Wilhelm also served in the
military as a Generalleutnant. Goßler's marriage with Klara Klaatsch
resulted in four daughters.
General von Goßler
began his military career as a Fahnenjunker in the grenadier
regiment Franz in 1868, having completed his Abitur at the Königsberger
Gymnasium. During the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71, he served as a
second lieutenant in the 2.Garde-Grenadier Landwehr Regiment,
participating in the sieges of both Straßburg and later Paris. After
the war, he was an officer in the 4.Garde-Regiment zu Fuß in Berlin
from 1876 to 1892, eventually serving as a battalion commander in the
regiment. He then served as a divisional chief of staff and commanded
the 11th Infantry Division for five years in Silesia. After completing
his final assignment at the Mainz Fortress, Goßler retired from active
He did not hesitate, however, when upon mobilization Kaiser
Wilhelm and the Great General Staff recalled von Goßler to
head up VI. Reserve Corps out of Silesia. The Silesians fought on the
Western Front as part of Crown Prince Wilhelm's Fifth Army. The VI.
Reserves were engaged in the spring of 1916 at Verdun, where they
experienced numerous losses. Later that summer, General von Goßler and
his reserve troops moved to the River Somme and battled alongside
Germany's First Army. It was for his leadership and bravery during those
engagements that he was recognized with the awarding of the Pour le
Merite. General Goßler retired in
February 1917 at the age of 69 and died in 1933 in Eisenach.
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