Wilhelm Karl Florestan Gero Crescentius Herzog von Urach, Graf von Württemberg
(30.05.1864 - 24.03.1928)
place of birth:  Principality of Monaco
Königreich Württemberg:  General der Kavallerie


Wilhelm II Count of W
ürttemberg, Duke of Urach served during the Great War as commander of 26th Infantry Division, attached to Fabeck's XIII. Army Corps. In early 1917, von Urach headed the newly formed Generalkommando zbV Nr.64 which formed the right wing of Army Detachment B (Armeeabteilung
B).
Urach was also the claimant to the W
ürttemberg crown and in 1918 was designated as the new king of the German protectorate of Lithuania. He never assumed his duties, however, and died in Rapallo, Italy in 1928. He is interred at the Schlosskirche in Ludwigsburg.

Wilhelm II von Urach was the eldest son of
Wilhelm I Herzog von Urach, Graf von W
ürttemberg, and his second wife Princess Florestine von Monaco. Young Wilhelm grew up at Schloss Lichtenstein, located in the Stuttgart area. In July of 1892, he married Bavarian Duchess Amalia Maria, with whom he had nine children. After she died giving birth in 1912, von Urach married Bavarian Princess Wiltrud Marie Alix, daughter of Ludwig III.

He entered military service in 1883 and was promoted to divisional commander and Generalleutnant in 1912.
Remaining in command of the 26th Division as Germany went to war, von Urach's troops took part in the
assault on France and also Belgium, where his sister-in-law Elisabeth von Bayern reigned as queen. In December 1914 the division fought in the battle to cross the River Bzura in Poland. From June to September 1915 the division moved from north of Warsaw to positions close to the River Neman, an advance of hundreds of miles in the campaign to occupy Poland. In October and November 1915, he and his troops were participants in the assault of Serbia.  Returning to the Western Front, the division remained engaged at Ypres, Belgium from December 1915 to July 1916. The division was then largely destroyed during the Battle of the Somme from August to November 1916. Receiving command of Generalkommando zbV Nr.64, von Urach remained in action on the Western Front through the end of the War. His aide-de-camp during these final months of 1918 was future Wehrmacht Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

 
 
General der Kavallerie .... 25.02.1917

Württemberg MVO ........... 20.02.1918   Komtur
 
 
 

  
 
Curriculum Vitae
   
01.10.1883 Sekonde-Lieutenant
09.06.1888 Premier-Lieutenant
13.06.1891 Rittmeister
00.00.0000 XIII. Königlich Württembergisches Armeekorps - Stuttgart  (on Oskar von Lindequist's general staff) 
24.02.1897 Major
00.00.0000 Thüringisches Ulanen-Regiment  Nr. 6 - Hanau  (provisional Cdr)
18.04.1903 Oberstleutnant
22.04.1903 Thüringisches Ulanen-Regiment  Nr. 6 - Hanau  (Cdr)
25.02.1906 Oberst
10.04.1906 Dragoner-Regiment ,,Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr. 25 - Ludwigsburg  (Cdr)
25.03.1908 à la suite:  Dragoner-Regiment ,,Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr. 25
01.10.1908 26. Kavallerie-Brigade - Stuttgart  (Cdr)
22.03.1910 Generalmajor
21.09.1912 26. Infanterie-Division (1. Königlich Württembergische) - Stuttgart  (Cdr, replaced Friedrich von Gerok)
01.10.1912 Generalleutnant
   
Great War
   
02.08.1914 26. Infanterie-Division (1. Königlich Württembergische)  =  5. Armee
30.12.1916 Generalkommando z.b.V. Nr.64
25.02.1917 General der Kavallerie
   
   
 

06.05.1914

 

 

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