Konrad Krafft von Dellmensingen
(24.11.1862 - 21.02.1953)
place of birth: Laufen, Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria)
Königreich Bayern: General
Bavarian General der Artillerie who was Crown Prince Rupprecht's Chief of Staff (Sixth
Army) out War's outbreak, and is known as the founding father of the
Alpenkorps - the Bavarian Army's mountain troops. Young Konrad grew up in Upper Bavaria
as the son of a royal notary. His mother was the former Anna Winkler. He
was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Bavarian Army in December
1883, later attending the Bavarian War Academy. During the two years
leading up to World War One, Krafft served as the Bavarian Army's Chief
of General Staff.
When war broke out,
Generalmajor Krafft von Dellmensingen was Crown Prince Rupprecht's Chief
of Staff in the Sixth Army, largely comprised of Bavarian soldiers. With
the Sixth, he oversaw operations during the Battle of the Frontiers and
participated in the so-called Race to the Sea. As an expert on
mountain warfare, he was sent to Tyrolia in May 1915 to command the Alpenkorps,
an elite mountain unit which saw action in the Italian Front, at Verdun,
as well as operations in Serbia and Romania. For his efforts, Krafft was
awarded the Pour le Merite. In 1917, appointed Chief of Staff
for Army Group Albrecht and then Chief of Staff for Otto von
Below's Fourteenth Army, where he planned much of the successful Caporetto
Offensive. In October 1917, he received Bavaria's highest military
honor, the Military Order of Max Joseph. Krafft von Dellmensingen
remained as Below's Chief of Staff in the Seventeenth Army where he was
involved Germany's Spring Offensive. In 1918, Krafft was given
command of the II. Bavarian Army Corps and remained on the Western Front
until the war's end.
After retirement from the
military in December 1918, Krafft von Dellmensingen became an active
advocate for the return of the Bavarian monarchy. He also participated
in the 1920s in the preparation of the official history of the Bavarian
Army in the war. In 1937, a barracks complex in Garmisch was named the Krafft-von-Dellmensingen-Kaserne. In 1945, the Kaserne was taken over by the United States
Army and today houses part of the George C. Marshall European Center for
Security Studies. Konrad Krafft von Dellmensingen, who with his spouse
Helene Zöhrer had three children, died on 21 February 1953 in Seeshaupt,
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