Gustav Emil Bernhard Bodo von Kessel
(06.04.1846 - 28.04.1918)
place of birth: 
 Potsdam, Brandenburg
Königreich Preußen:  Generaladjutant SM,  Generaloberst


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.

The 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.
 
General 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. 

 
 
Generaloberst .................... 27.01.1911

Eisernes Kreuz II .............. Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871
 
 
 

  
 
Curriculum Vitae
   
01.05.1864 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Potsdam
15.06.1866 Der Deutsche Krieg von 1866   (participant in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866) 
11.10.1865 Sekonde-Lieutenant
19.07.1870 Deutsch-Französischer Krieg von 1870–1871   (awarded Iron Cross during Franco-Prussian War)
22.03.1872 Pemier-Lieutenant
00.00.1873 Preußische Kriegsakademie - Berlin
00.00.1874 Großer Generalstab - Berlin
00.00.1878 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Potsdam  (Coy Cdr)
18.02.1878 Hauptmann
00.00.1883 persönlicher Adjutant des Kronprinzen Friedrich Wilhelm  (ADC to future Kaiser Friedrich III)
22.03.1885 Major
09.03.1888 Flügeladjutant SM des Kaiser und Königs  (ADC in HM Friedrich III's court)
15.06.1888 Flügeladjutant SM des Kaiser und Königs  (ADC in HM Wilhelm II's court)
13.08.1889 Oberst-Lieutenant
00.00.1890 Schloß-Kompanie (Cdr) 
18.10.1891 Oberst
09.02.1893 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Potsdam  (Cdr)
21.03.1896 diensttuender Generaladjutant SM des Kaiser und Königs  (Orderly Adjutant General in HM Wilhelm II's court)
21.03.1896 Generalmajor
27.01.1897 1. Garde-Infanterie-Brigade - Potsdam (Cdr, replaced Ernst von Bülow)
25.03.1899 Generalleutnant
25.03.1899 2. Garde-Infanterie-Division - Berlin (Cdr, replaced von Falkenhausen)
27.01.1900 1. Garde-Infanterie-Division - Berlin  (Cdr, replaced Ernst von Bülow)
27.01.1902 Gardekorps - Berlin  (Cdr, replaced von Bock und Polach)
29.05.1903 General der Infanterie
29.05.1909 Oberbefehlshaber Mark Brandenburg und Gouverneur von Berlin  (Supreme Cdr-Brandenburg & Governor of Berlin)
00.00.0000 General der Infanterie
27.01.1911 Generaloberst
   
Great War
   
02.08.1914 Generaladjutant SM Wilhelm II  (Adjutant General to HM Wilhelm II)
02.08.1914 Oberbefehlshaber Mark Brandenburg und Gouverneur von Berlin  (Supreme Cdr-Brandenburg & Governor of Berlin)
   
   
 
 
 

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