Christoph Ritter von Kiefhaber
(19.10.1855 - 19.01.1955)
place of birth: Waischenfeld, Oberfranken (Bavaria)
Königreich Bayern: Div-Kdr,
general in the Royal Bavarian Army during the Great War, Ritter von
Kiefhaber lived to 99 years of age. Prior to the War's outbreak,
Generalmajor Kiefhaber served as commander of Bavaria's 3rd Infantry
Brigade headquartered in Augsburg and went into retirement in 1912 at
the age of 56. He returned to active duty status following German
mobilization in August 1914 and soon thereafter received command of
Bavaria's newly-formed 12th Reserve Brigade. His troops were deployed to
the Western Front in October and soon successfully area around Wytschaete.
During the spring of 1915, the brigade was engaged in heavy combat at Nieuve
Chappelle, La Bassee, and Arras.
In March of 1916, newly promoted Generalleutnant Kiefhaber was
transferred to Verdun as commander of Bavarian Ersatz Division.
The division then fought along the River Somme in late 1916. In
April 1917, he replaced Ritter von Burkhardt as commander of 10th
Infantry Division, deployed to Flanders in support of Fourth Army. For
his outstanding leadership in defending his sector against the British,
Generalleutnant Kiefhaber was awarded the Pour le Merite and
Bavaria's Militär-Max honors. In 1918, his division initially
became part of Graf von Bothmer's Nineteenth Army, but then was
transferred in June to fight once again in support of Fourth Army during
battles at Soissons and Reims. Generalleutnant von
Kiefhaber was retired from active duty in July, and the 10th Infantry
Division was also demobilized soon thereafter. Although he retired at
the end of the war at the rank of Generalleutnant, he was later awarded
the brevet rank of General der Infanterie (Charakter) on 27
August 1939 for Tannenberg Remembrance Day.