Günther Ludwig Feodor von Pannewitz
(06.12.1857 - 23.09.1936)
place of birth: Neiße,
Oberschlesien (Upper Silesia)
Imperial German general officer
Günther von Pannewitz commanded
XVII. Army Corps in July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Von
Pannewitz was in command of 4th Infantry Division during the years
leading up to the Great War. His Pomeranian division, which was
part of von Linsingen's II. Army Corps, went into battle in August 1914
subordinate to General von Kluck's First Army on Germany's northern-most
flank. The division hurriedly pushed through Belgium and into France
with their eye on the capital city, not stopping until the devastating Battle
of the Marne.
Generalleutnant von Pannewitz was transferred in November 1914 to
the Eastern Front to replace August von Mackensen as the leader of XVII.
Army Corps. The corps was engaged in northwestern Poland, with fighting
in Kutno, Lodz, and Rawka-Bzura, where they
remained until the summer of 1915. In the meanwhile, von Pannewitz had
been promoted to General der Infanterie in January on the occasion of
the Kaiser's birthday. In July 1915, XVII. Army Corps joined Armeegruppe
Gallwitz to fight the Narev Offensive. After crossing the River
Narev in August, the Germans were able to defeat the Russian enemy near Wonsewo.
They continued pushing forward until reaching the swamplands of
XVII. Army Corps was thereafter transported to the Western
Front, where in the summer of 1916 they fought in support of Germany's
Second Army during the Battle of the Somme. Chronic health
problems forced General von Pannewitz to finally request in September
1916 release from his duties. He was soon awarded the Pour le Merite
in recognition of his years of quality leadership demonstrated on the
battlefield. At the insistence of his superior officer, General von
Gallwitz, OHL sent to von Pannewitz to Allenstein, where he
functioned for the remainder of the War as stellvertrender
Kommandierender General (Acting Commander) at XX. Army Corps
headquarters. In spite of poor health, the
general lived until the age of 78, passing away in September 1939 in Freiburg im Breisgau.
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