Günther Emanuel Graf von Kirchbach
(09.08.1850 - 06.11.1925)
place of birth: Erfurt (Thuringian
Graf von Kirchbach served as an Imperial German Generaloberst who
began military career in 1868 as an infantry officer.
in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 as a second
lieutenant, by 1907 he had attained the rank of General der Infanterie
and was in command of the V. Army Corps in
the Duchy of Posen. In 1911, he was appointed to preside over the
Imperial Military Tribunal (Reichsmilitärgericht).
outbreak, von Kirchbach was under Bülow's Second Army on the Western Front
as commander of the X. Reserve Corps but was wounded early on and spent
the next two years on convalescence leave. In the fall of 1916 he
served on the Eastern Front as commander of a Landwehrkorps and
of Army Detachment "D". He remained in the East for the
rest of the war as commander of the Eighth Army and Army Group
Kiev. He died in 1925 in Bad Blankenburg, Thuringia. His father,
General Hugo Graf von Kirchbach, was a Pour le Merite recipient
who commanded the Prussian Fifth Army Corps during the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870-71.