Karl Leo Julius Fürst von Wedel
(05.02.1842 - 30.12.1919)
place of birth: Oldenburg, Niedersachsen (Lower
SM, Botschafter, General der Kavallerie
diplomat and general of cavalry who
represented Prussian abroad as military attache or ambassador. Prince (Fürst)
entered the military as a lieutenant in 1860, serving during as adjutant in the Hessian Cavalry
Brigade during the Franco-Prussian War of
1870-71. As a major in the Great General Staff, he was the German
Empire's military representative during the negotiations to draw up the
border between Bulgaria and Rumelia. During the Russian-Turkish War
of 1877 to 1878 he functioned as military observer within Russian
von Wedel's diplomatic career was launched shortly thereafter when
he was dispatched to the Prussian Embassy in Vienna as military attache.
Upon returning to Berlin, he entered service in Kaiser Wilhelm I's court
as an aide-de-camp, a career line which would parallel his diplomatic
service until his death in 1919. After commanding a regiment and brigade
in Berlin, von Wedel was promoted in 1889 to Generalmajor and was called
to duty as an adjutant within newly crowned Kaiser Wilhelm II's military
entourage. During this period, he served in the Prussian Foreign Office
and was also kept busy in royal courts throughout Europe.
the next few years and leading
up to the War, von Wedel served in diplomatic posts in Sweden, Italy,
and Austria. During his seven-year tenure as Reichsstatthalter
(imperial governor) in Alsace-Lorraine, he was caught up in political
unrest there during the "Saverne Affair". Upon returning to
Berlin in April of 1914, he re-entered full-time service as
Adjutant-General in Kaiser Wilhelm's military retinue, a posting he
maintained throughout the Great War.
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