Paulus Alfred Wilhelm von
(01.04.1863 - 05.08.1930)
place of birth: Stolberg, Harz
General Paulus von Stolzmann
served during the Great War as Chief of General Staff for Alexander von
Linsingen's , the Army of the South Army.
Working as a regimental commander in the months leading up to Mobilization,
Stolzmann was immediately sent to oversee General von Boehn's IX.
Reserve Corps headquarters, based along the North Sea coast as a part of
the Army of the North. The corps moved into northern Belgium by
the end of August in order to help prevent von Kluck's First Army from
being outflanked during the "Race to the Sea".
In January 1915, von Stolzmann was transferred East to Muncacz,
Hungary (present-day Mukacheve, Ukraine) to head up General von
Linsingen's staff at the Südarmee headquarters. With the German
troops successfully engaged in a series of battles in the Carpathian
Mountains region, von Stolzmann was
recognized in July 1915 with the Pour le Merite for his outstanding leadership during
the campaign. He was then transferred to L'viv to head up the general staff
for General Linsingen's Army of the Bug, a force later known as Army
Group Linsingen. From July 1916 through August 1918, General von
Stolzmann was in charge of 78th Reserve Division forces. Iniitially
entrenched near Dünaberg
(Daugavpils, Latvia), the unit was redeployed in April 1917 to Alsace,
France, and then along the River Aisne. They conducted
well-planned operations during the summer of 1917 at Chemin des Dames
and near Vauxaillon. Fighting alongside Armeeabteilung C
troops between the Meuse and Moselle rivers, von
Stolzmann's division engaged U.S. soldiers in
April 1918 near Remieres Forrest, handing the Yanks one of
their few defeats of the Conflict.
Generalleutnant von Stolzmann took over the reigns of the 16th
Infantry Division in August 1918, returningn with those soldiers back to
the German homeland for demobilization. After the signing of the
Armistice, von Stolzmann served
in 1920-21 as the commander of Wehrkreis IV and the 4th Infantry
Division. He ultimately was promoted to General der Infanterie before
retiring from active duty. His son, also name Paulus, served as Nazi
Germany's Ambassador in Washington DC and Chicago during the Second
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