Louis Theodor Richard von Schubert
(19.04.1850 - 13.05.1933)
place of birth: Posen (Poznan, Poland)
Generaloberst Richard von Schubert began his military career in 1868 as a
lieutenant in a field artillery regiment. He initially saw action
during the Franco-Prussian War of
1870-71, where he earned the iron cross. By 1902, he had been promoted to
lieutenant eneral, serving as the Ulm Fortress military governor. In 1907 he was
promoted to General of Artillery. As Inspector General of Field Artillery
(1907-11), he successfully campaigned for increased reliance on tactical field artillery.
At the outbreak of WW1 he was on the Western Front in command of the
XIV Reserve Corps (Karlsruhe), attached to General Heeringen's
Army. In September 1914, he transferred to the Eastern
Front to assume command
of the Eighth Army. This lasted only 2 weeks, however, as Schubert immediately came
into conflict with General Francois, commander of the Eighth Army's I. Corps,
over war strategy in the east. Thus, Schubert returned to Flanders as commander
of XXVII. Reserve Corps with Duke Albrecht's Fourth Army. He later commanded Seventh Army (1916-17) in the
Aisne area, receiving the Pour le Merite in 1916.
After being placed on inactive reserve status in early 1917, General von
Schubert retired to Marburg an der Lahn where he lived until his death
on 13 May 1933 (other sources say 15.5.1933).