Felix Graf von Bothmer
(01.12.1852 - 18.03.1937)
place of birth: München,
highly decorated Bavarian Generaloberst who served most of his
pre-war career in the Royal Bavarian Leib-Regiment. He was born into the
Munich home of Generalleutnant Graf Max von Bothmer and his wife Laura
Reichert. Felix later married Auguste Baldinger and the couple had two
daughters. He began his military career in 1871, receiving his
commission during the Franco-Prussian War. He rose to the rank of
general of infantry prior to the Great War, commanding an
infantry division until being placed on inactive reserves in 1910. He
also simultaneously served as Generalkapitän of the Bavarian
King's honorary guards, die Hartschiere, from 1909 to 1918.
General von Bothmer
was reactivated as the Germans mobilized in late summer of 1914, but due
to a leg injury could not serve until that December, when he briefly
took over a Bavarian reserve division. He then moved on to command II.
Bavarian Reserve Corps which was entrusted with the defense of
Carpathian passes into Hungary. This force included II. Bavarian Corps,
the Prussian 1st Infantry Division, the 3rd Guards Division and the
Hungarian Honved Division. For almost three years, however, von Bothmer
commanded the Austro-German Süd-Armee,
the Army of the South, which was engaged in Galicia. There he teamed
with General von Linsingen to fight off Brusilov. After Russia sued for
peace, von Bothmer finished up the final year of the war as commanding
general of the Nineteenth Army in Lorraine. Awarded Pour le
Merite in 1915 for distinguished service on the Dniester and Gnila-Lipa.
He died in Munich on 18 March 1937 and, contrary to his family's wishes,
was afforded a state burial from the Hitler government.
le Mérite ....................
Ritter (Kommandeur: 21.09.1915;