Dietrich Karl Hermann Freiherr von Stein zu Nord und
(11.02.1859 - 26.02.1928)
place of birth: Ansbach, Mittelfranken (Bavarian
Königreich Bayern: KG,
Bavarian baron and
artillery officer Hermann von Stein entered the Great War in command of the 1st Bavarian
Field Artillery Brigade. He also led a division and a corps during the
War and should not be confused with the German War Minister by the same
name. Hermann was the son of wealthy landowner Bernhard
Freiherr von Stein zu Nord und Ostheim and Luise née Freiin Löw von und zu Steinfurth.
In October 1885, Hermann was joined in marriage to Karoline von Heckel, with
whom he had one son.
Bavaria's 1st Field Artillery Brigade was initially engaged in battle in
the Lorraine region before moving on to northern France with I. Bavarian
Army Corps. After convalescing from a minor injury, the
recently promoted Generalleutnant von Stein took over command in January 1915
newly-established 8th Bavarian Reserve Division. Following skirmishes in
the Vosges Mountains, the reserve division was transferred to the
Eastern Front, but then returned to the Vosges in less than a month.
During the summer of 1916, the division was headquartered at Maurepas
from where they took part in the Battle of the Somme.
General von Stein and his division returned east in the fall of
1916, this time to the East Carpathians in order to help fend off the Russians
who had broken through in the Gyorgyo Mountains. Remaining in
this area until January 1917, von Stein was then selected to command
III. Bavarian Corps attached to Sixth Army. His corps was sent in May to
take part in the Battle of Arras, although the action there had already
started to abate somewhat. In June 1917, he was in command of Gruppe Ypern
(Ypres Group) subordinate to Fourth Army, as they fought the British in
Flanders. From Flanders, General von Stein traveled with the III. Bavarian
to the Italian Front, where this unit distinguished itself at Isonzo,
as well as during
the pursuit to Tagliamento and the Piave.
Toward the end of 1917, the III. Bavarian Corps returned to the
Western Front to support Otto von Below's Seventeenth Army on the
River Scarpe and at Armentières. Freiherr von Stein was promoted
to General der Artillerie in May 1918 and continued to oversee his corps
troops as they conducted an orderly retreat toward the Antwerp-Maas
Line in the late summer months. Upon leading his corps back to
Bavaria for demobilization, Hermann Freiherr von Stein retired to his
family estate in Völkershausen, Lower Franconia.
There the highly decorated general passed away in the winter of
23.07.1916 Ritter (Komtur: