Franz Maria Luitpold Prinz von Bayern
place of birth: Gut Samerhof, Starnberg
Franz of Bavaria served as a brigade- and division-level commander
during the Great War. He was the third son of King Ludwig III of Bavaria
and thus a prince in the House of Wittelsbach.
as a regimental commander on
the Western Front at war's outbreak, Prince Franz was wounded at Vermandovilers.
Upon promotion to brigade command, he led troops at Fort Douaumont
and Passchendaele. Prince Franz was further promoted to head a
divisional command in late 1916 and continued service in the Flanders
area, seeing action during the Georg Offensive. He earned
both the Military Order of Max Joseph and the Pour le Merite.
Franz was married to Princess Isabella Antonie of Croy, and they had
six children. He died in January 1957 and was interred at St.
Michaelskirche in Munich.