(07.09.1870 - 01.11.1938)
place of birth: Viesebach bei Altenburg
Imperial German field officer and Blue Max winner Max
Stapff served on several general staffs during the Great War. Stapff
began the War on the Eastern Front and participated in the Battle of
Tannenberg. He was the Ia, Chief Operations Officer (1.GSO) on staff with
General von Gallwitz as those troops gradually made their way south,
engaging the Russians at Przasnysz, Mlawa, and Nowogeorgiewsk.
After getting as far south as Serbia, Gallwitz' Eleventh Army was
sent to the Western Front in early 1916 and saw action at Verdun.
Major Stapff was transferred to serve with General Fritz von Below's
First Army shortly after the Somme Offensive. Continuing his duties as
Chief of Staff in Flanders area for generals Otto von Below and
Georg von der Marwitz, receiving both a promotion to lieutenant colonel
and the Pour le Merite medal. In early 1918, Stapff returned to
the eastern theater and served as Tenth Army Chief of Staff with
commander Erich von Falkenhayn. As the Russians had already capitulated
by then, Tenth Army staff and troops were chiefly engaged in
administrative tasks and overseeing the peaceful transfer of Russian
troops to their homeland. After Armistice, Stapff continued his military
service and retired from active duty in September 1921 as a brevetted
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