Gustav Emil Bernhard Bodo von Kessel
(06.04.1846 - 28.04.1918)
place of birth: Potsdam, Brandenburg
Prussian Generaloberst von
Kessel served as adjutant for Kaiser Wilhelm II during
the Great War. Gustav was born the son of Major General Emil von Kessel
and his wife Julie von Canstein. Following studies at the Ritterakademie
in Liegnitz, he entered the military in 1864 by joining as a grenadier
with the 1st Foot Guard Regiment in his hometown of Potsdam. A couple
years later found him engaged with his regiment in the Austro-Prussian
War of 1866, where he was wounded during the Battle of Königgrätz.
He served as his uncle Colonel Bernhard von Kessel's adjutant while
fighting the French in the Franco- Prussian War of 1870/71, again
receiving war wounds during the Battle of Gravelotte and St. Privat.
inter-war period in Prussia
provided von Kessel a fast track for his military career, with
assignments in the Great General Staff and within Berlin's Guard Corps.
Concurrent with his service time in the Guard Corps, von Kessel was
brought in to the royal house as an adjutant to the future Kaiser
Friedrich III. As aide-de-camp to Friedrich III during his 99-day reign,
von Kessel remained in this posting as Friedrich was succeeded by Kaiser
Wilhelm II. In 1896, von Kessel was appointed the Kaiser's Adjutant
General, remaining in the adjutancy until his death. From 1909 until
1918, General von Kessel headed the Supreme Command of Mark Brandenburg,
simultaneously serving as Governor of Berlin. He was thus responsible
for implementing the military measures needed to quell strikes and
social unrest in Berlin in January 1918.
von Kessel was married to
Friedrike von Esebeck. They had one daughter, Elisabeth, who became a
noted artist. The general passed away in Berlin on 28 May 1918, shortly before
hostilities of the Great War were brought to a close.