Karl Viktor von Wilsdorf
(18.01.1857 - 25.03.1920)
place of birth: Großhartmannsdorf, Sachsen
Königreich Sachsen: Kriegsminister,
General der Infanterie
general officer Karl von Wilsdorf served as that kingdom's War Minister during the
First World War. Viktor was born in a small village southern Saxony near the
Bohemian border. After passing the Abitur exam at König-
Albert-Gymnasium in Freiberg, he enlisted in the Saxon Army in 1875 as a
one-year volunteer. After about 14 years service in his original
Wilsdorf was promoted to lead a company in the Royal Saxon
Army's 2nd Jäger Battalion, and his military career was underway.
Following stints as a
battalion commander, Wilsdorf was transferred to Dresden to replace
Otto von Tettenborn as Commandant of the Saxon Cadet Corps. He then
moved up to the Saxon War Ministry to serve as head of the Department
for Personnel Affairs for then next seven years, going on active reserve
status about one year prior to the outbreak of the Great War.
When the War began, von
Wilsdorf was reactivated to function as the Chief of Staff for General
Georg von Schweinitz, who had been appointed acting Commanding General
of the XIX. Army Corps in Leipzig. One month later, he found himself
back in Dresden serving as War Minister Adolph von Carlowitz' provisional
replacement. When it became clear after about one year that von
Carlowitz would be remaining on the Front, General von Wilsdorf was
permanently installed as Saxon War Minister in October 1915 and remained at this post
for the remainder of the conflict. He went into retirement following the
Armistice of November 1918 and died in Dresden in 1920.
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