Max Paul Otto Hofmann
(09.03.1854 - 28.11.1918)
place of birth: Meiningen, Thüringen
General der Infanterie
General Max Hoffmann was an Imperial German division and
corps commander during the Great War. As Germany mobilized, he
headed 19th Infantry Division attached to Emmich's X. Army Corps as they
laid siege to the fortresses of Liege, Belgium. The 19th ID was also
soon thereafter involved in the Battle for Namur.
After pushing deep into France, the division additionally took part in
the First Battle of the Marne of September 1914.
In the Spring of 1915, the division transferred to the Galician
Front to serve under Generaloberst August von Mackensen as he prepared
for his offensive to break through at Gorlice-Tarnow.
Generalleutnant Hofmann was appointed in July 1915 as Georg von der
Marwitz' provisional replacement as commander of the Beskiden-Korps,
part of the Army of the Bug. The success of his corps troops in
taking the fortress at Brest-Litovsk earned Hofmann the Pour le
Merite in August 1915.
After being engaged with Graf von Bothmer's Süd-Armee in
East Galicia, the Beskiden-Korps was transferred in October 1917
to the Moselle River area of the Western Front. Hofmann's corps was
renamed to XXXVIII. Reserve Corps in January 1918, after which he wa
promoted to General der Infanterie on the occasion of Kaiser Wilhelm's
birthday. That summer his corps fought alongside General von Hutier's
18th Army in the Avre River area. General Hofmann had to leave the front
in mid-August after falling seriously ill in August, and died in the field hospital shortly after
the War drew to a close.