Walther Gustav Reinhardt
(24.03.1872 - 06.08.1930)
place of birth: Stuttgart, Württemberg
Württemberg: AOK-Stabschef, Oberst
was a Württemberg
officer who functioned during the Great War as Chief of Staff for
the Eleventh Field Army engaged n Macedonia under General von Winckler.
Reinhardt was born into the family of Royal Württemberg
officer and regimental commander, General August von Reinhardt.
Walther's brother Ernst (1870-1939) was also a general officer active
during the Great War era. Walther and his spouse Luise Fürbringer
were married din 1900 and had three children.
In the year's leading up to the Great War, Major Reinhardt
functioned as the 1st General Staff Officer (Ia) at Herzog Albrecht's
XIII. Army Corps headquarters in Stuttgart. It was also in this capacity
that Reinhardt entered
the hostilities in August 1914, with the corps troops, now under the
command of Max von Fabeck, immediately seeing action at sites such as Longwy
and Varennes. In the Winter of 1914, Reinhardt and most of the
corps were transferred to the Ninth Army on the Eastern Front, where
they were engaged at Lowicz. When Oberstleutnant Fritz von Loßberg
was transferred to OHL in January of 1915, Reinhardt replaced him as
XIII. Army Corps Chief of Staff. When Theodor Freiherr von Watter
replaced Fabeck at the helm of the corps, it became the first time since
1870 that both the corps Commander and Chief of Staff were Royal Württemberg
The XIII. Army Corps was deployed back to the Western Front in
September 1915, where it was briefly engaged in the Champagne
region, but then later became entrenched in Flanders. In November 1916,
Reinhardt was named Eleventh Army Chief of Staff in Macedonia. In
February 1917, he returned West to the River Aisne region in
order to head up General Max von Boehn's Seventh Army staff. During the
great Spring Offensive of 1918, the Seventh Army took up a
position on the right wing of the attacking force, seeing success at Chemin
des Dames and along the Aisne-Marne-Canal. The Seventh Army
likewise participated in the final assault on over the Marne in
mid-July 1918, although the forces were soon instructed to pull back.
Approximately one week prior to the Armistice, Oberst Reinhardt
was brought back to Berlin to head up the Prussian War Ministry's
newly-organized Demobilization Branch. In January 1919, he replace
to become Prussia's last Minister of War. In the chaos of post-War
Germany, Reinhardt was very successful in helping that country's remnant
military forces into what would soon become the Reichswehr.
Serving as the first head of Germany's Army Command, Chef der
Heeresleitung, Reinhardt was eventually promoted up to General of
Infantry and remained on active duty until December 1927 at 55 years of
age. The general died three years later and was interred in Berlin.