Ernst Adolf Julius Guido von Usedom
(02.10.1854 - 24.02.1925)
place of birth: Quanditten, Ostpreußen
SM, Sonder-Kdo in der Türkei, Admiral
Imperial German Admiral and confidant
of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Usedom joined the German Navy in 1871 and
participated in the Boxer Rebellion 1900-01 where he earned the Pour
le Merite for his leadership during the naval forces landing. He
later served as adjutant to Prinz Heinrich von Preussen and became part
of Kaiser Wilhelm II's retinue.
Von Usedom retired in 1910 as a vice-admiral but was reactivated
for the War. The Kaiser immediately selected to head up the Dardanelles
defense network, with the special mission to Turkey. As commander, the Turks additionally bestowed the
rank of Field Marshal to Usedom since subordinated fortress commanders
were also members of the Ottoman Army. In August 1915 he became the Kaiser's adjutant general and worked
closely with German general Liman von Sanders during the Gallipoli
Campaign. For these efforts, he was awarded the Pour le Merite
oakleaf cluster and was also promoted to full admiral on 27 January
1916, remaining with the Ottoman Army until War's end. Von Usedom died
in 1925 in Schwerin, Germany.
le Mérite ....................