Johann Hans von Zwehl
(27.07.1851 - 28.05.1926)
place of birth: Osterode (Ostroda - East
General der Infanterie
general officer Hans von Zwehl was called out of retirement to command the VII.
Reserves under Bülow's Second Army.
As the German Army crossed into France, General von Zwehl was tasked
with laying siege to Fortress Maubeuge. His forces were able to
complete the task within two weeks, a feat which resulted in von Zwehl
becoming one of the first to receive the Pour le Merite honor
during the War. The VII. Reserves soon made their way to the trenches
along the River Aisne, where they remained until October 1915,
when they were dispatched to the Verdun region.
In December 1916, von Zwehl's corps suffered such serious losses
at the hands of the French, that he was relieved of his command and sent
to Antwerp, Belgium. There he served as Imperial Germany's Military
Governor until hostilities ended in November 1918. During the post-War
years, von Zwehl labored as a military historian and writer, working as
Erich von Falkenhayn's authorized biographer. He additionally continued
his active membership as part of the Gesetzlose Gesellschaft zu
Berlin, the so-called Lawless Society of prominent personalities
from the world of the arts, literature, and science. General der
Infanterie von Zwehl, who was married to the former Helene Lambert,
passed away in Berlin in 1926.