Georg Friedrich von Kleist
(25.09.1852 - 29.07.1923)
place of birth: Rheinfeld, Pommern (Przyjazl, Poland)
Imperial German cavalry officer Georg von Kleist was the only son of General Major Fedor Benno von Kleist.
He later was commissioned in his father's old infantry regiment Nr.52 in
Cottbus. As an 18-year old, Georg participated in the Franco-Prussian War
1870-71, seeing action in battles at Vionville and Mars-la-Tour.
At Gravelotte, he was severely wounded in the leg, which led him
to switch to the cavalry.
Retired from active duty and living in the town of Wusseken,
General von Kleist was recalled shortly after the Great War began,
receiving command of the XXIII. Reserve Corps which was already engaged
in Belgian Flanders. A couple months later, however, a heart
ailment forced him to relinquish his command. He left the field hospital
at Ghent in January 1915 and returned to Wusseken, dedicating his life
to politics and his military writings. He published the of Field Marshal Kleist von
Nollendorf, one of
his ancestors. Von Kleist was married to Barbara von Nathusius with whom
he had six sons and one daughter. His sons Heinrich and Fedor both
served as officers during the Great War and were killed in action on
Lithuania and Poland, respectively. Sons Robert, Ewald, and Barnim also
served as Wehrmacht officers during World War Two.