Eduard Wilhelm Hans von Liebert
(16.04.1850 - 14.11.1934)
place of birth: Rendsburg (Schleswig-Holstein)
General der Infanterie
Prussian general officer Eduard von Liebert served
in the Imperial Army during the Great War. He later maintained
a career in politics and wrote on military history. Eduard von Liebert was
born into a family originating from Silesia, his grandfather being a
prominent physician in Langenbielau. Prior to the war, he was married to
Helene Dittmer who had their only child, Elsa. In 1900, Liebert was
granted nobility status, but his name died out when Elsa passed away in
General von Liebert's pre-war military career took him to German East Africa
where he commanded the Kaiserliche Schutztruppe with the rank of major
general. He was also the colonial governor charged with the
administration of German East Africa (present-day Tanzania.) He became
quite unpopular there due to his massive tax hikes, an issue which lead
to an early dismissal in 1901. Upon returning to Germany, he served as a
before retiring from active duty in 1903. Von Liebert then entered the political scene,
joining various right-wing groups and represented the
Imperial Free Conservative Party (RFKP) in the Reichstag,
Imperial German Parliament.
After Germany mobilized for the War, Generalleutnant von Liebert was
recalled from inactive reserve status to initially function as the
military governor of Lodz, Poland. He was soon transferred to a field
assignment, however, heading to the Western Front to in November 1914 to
take the reigns of 15th Reserve Division. He received a full promotion
to General der Infanterie in February 1917 as he took command of Generalkommando
z.b.V. Nr.54. This unit fought a defensive struggle in
support of Germany's Seventh Army along the River Aisne, with von
Liebert's successful leadership during this engagement earning him the
coveted Pour le Merite medal. Having reached his 67th birthday,
however, General von Liebert was relieved of his command in the summer
of 1917 and returned to Germany to retire from active duty.
The following year saw General von Liebert engaged as a member of
the Preußische Herrenhaus, the Prussian House of Lords. He
continued to write works dealing with military history, including
biographies of Gneisenau and Graf von Moltke. In 1929, he joined the
burgeoning National Socialist Worker's Party (NSDAP), remaining a member
for five years before passing away on 14 November 1934 in Tscheidt, Upper Silesia.
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