Karl Bruno Julius von Mudra
(01.04.1851 - 21.11.1931)
place of birth: Bad Muskau
Preußen: OBH, General der Infanterie
Imperial German General der Infanterie who served most of his
military career with the combat engineers. At war's outbreak he was attached
to the Crown Prince's Fifth Army as commander of XVI. Army Corps
in Metz. His troops were tasked with blocking French forces in the
Argonne as they sought over the next two months to punch
through the frontier. Von Mudra was subsequently awarded the Pour le Merite
in 1915 for his outstanding leadership and planning in the successful
conduct of this assignment.
In March 1916, General von Mudra arrived at Verdun where he was to command Angriffsgruppe-Ost
(Assault Group East), the combined German
forces based on the left
bank of the Maas River. This contingent is also referred to
as Maas Group East - Verdun and existed within the Fifth Army.
After the Verdun conflict cooled off, von Mudra transferred East where
he replaced von Fabeck as commander of the new Eighth Army (previously Army
of the Niemen) headquartered at Mitau in present-day Latvia.
In January 1917, he returned to the Western Front for the remainder of
the Great War, commanding Army Detachment A in Alsace-Lorraine,
as well as brief stints with First Army in Rethel and Seventeenth
Army in Denain and Mons. After Ludendorff stepped down in
late October 1918, generals von Mudra and von Gallwitz were ordered back
to Berlin where they heatedly argued in front of the Kaiser's military cabinet
for the continuance of Germany's war effort, Mudra going as far as to
suggest arming the entire German populace. The cabinet decided not to take their advice, however, and von Mudra's
military career came to a close.
General von Mudra made his mark in Prussia's pre-war military
forces by raising the level of competence and utility of the combat
engineers. He was also known as a specialist in fortress defenses.
Currently, the top officer candidates who graduate from Germany's Combat
Engineers School earn the Mudra Award in his honor. Von Mudra's
son Herbert served on the Western Front as an observer with the 27th
Aviation Detachment, and later as regimental adjutant for Leib-Garde Nr.
115. On 21 November 1931 at the age of 80, General of Infantry Bruno von
Mudra died and was buried in Zippendorf, located in the present-day
state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.