Karl Eugen Horst Edler von der Planitz
(11.08.1859 - 09.06.1941)
place of birth: Dresden (Saxony)
Königreich Sachsen: Generalstabschef,
KG, General der Infanterie
Royal Saxon General der Infanterie
Horst Edler von der Planitz served as a divisional and corps-level
commander during the Great War. Leading up to the
hostilities, General Edler von der Planitz also served as Saxon Army's
Chief of Staff. His father Karl was a captain in the Saxon Army who was
killed in action at the 1866 Battle of Königgrätz.
Upon mobilization, General Edler von der Planitz was in charge of
32nd Infantry Division (3rd Royal Saxon) attached to Max von Hausen's Third Army.
Planitz' troops were part of the initial
push into France as the Germans moved southwest toward the River
Marne. On 30 August, his son Karl tragically fell in battle,
suffering the same fate as his namesake grandfather had in 1866. The
32nd moved back toward the River Aisne where they got bogged down
in trench warfare. In April of 1916 General der Infanterie (ohne
Patent) von der Planitz was selected to replace Karl d'Elsa as XII.
Army Corps chief, with his 32nd Infantry Division troops still
subordinate to his command. Later that summer, the corps was sent to
Verdun and established themselves in the Hardaumont sector on
the east bank of the River Meuse. OHL moved them back up to the
Champagne/Aisne region by the end of the year, and Planitz was
officially promoted to General der Infanterie in April 1917. His
leadership and valor during these engagements earned him the Pour le
Merite award as well.
The Saxon general's personal matters soon turned for the worst
when his wife Marga died that summer and he consequently fell ill
himself. After a couple months of convalescence, von der Planitz
returned to active duty, this time on the Galician Front, where he took
the reins of the Prussian XXVth Reserve Corps. Three weeks later,
however, he was transferred to Russia in order to replace Hans von
Kirchbach as commander of XII. Reserve Corps. The reservists were soon
moved across Europe to support Germany's 19th Field Armed engaged in the
relatively quiet region of Lorraine, France.
Although His Majesty King Friedrich August III tried to convince
him otherwise, his poor health forced General Edler von der Planitz to
submit his resignation in July 1918. General der Infanterie von der
Planitz was married twice, the first time to Marga von Koppenfels, the
daughter of Ferdinand von Koppenfels, President of Saxony's Regional
Court. The couple had one son, Karl Ferdinand. After the death of his
first wife, Planitz was again married in 1922 to Hertha von Funke, the
widow of former Royal Saxon Senior Councilor Victor Freiherr von Ferber.
Ritter (Komtur II: 06.12.1916)