Karl Philipp Ludwig
Ritter von Schoch
(05.08.1863 - 10.10.1940)
place of birth: Nürnberg,
Mittelfranken (Nuremberg, Bavaria)
Königreich Bayern: Generalleutnant
General Karl von Schoch was
a Royal Bavarian officer charge of the 4th Bavarian Infantry
Brigade as Imperial German forces mobilized for World War One. He
was born into the Franconian home of Oberst Karl Schoch
and his spouse
Maria née Heymann. There were additionally three other sons in
the Schoch family, all of whom served as Royal Bavarian generals: Albert, Emil, and Gustav.
Generalmajor Schoch led his 4th Brigade soldiers into battle as
hostilities broke out on 2 August 1914, fighting in support of Crown
Prince Rupprecht's Sixth Field Army. For his leadership during the early
stages of the War,
Schoch was awarded Bavaria's highest military order, the Militär-Max-Joseph.
In 1915, the recently ennobled Ritter von Schoch successfully commanded
21st Brigade on the Eastern Front during the breakthrough at Gorlice, as
well as the retaking of Fortress Przemysl. Back in the West in 1916, he
led the 21st as they stormed the Avocourt Forrest near Verdun, although
he soon became gravely ill. 1917 saw him take charge of General
von Mudra's Line-of-Communications for Armeeabteilung "A". He
was named commander of the Royal Bavarian Ersatz Division in October of
that year, but was soon transferred to head up Bavaria's 3rd Infantry
Division, a unit he was to command for the remainder of the War.
Ritter von Schoch left the Army in 1919 and spent his post-War
years as a member of the Deutsche Volkspartei (DVP). From 1920 to
1924, he represented the DVP at the Reichstag during the Weimar Republic
years. Schoch was married to Mathilde Bohn in 1897, and the couple had one son. He later married Elisabeth Keller
soon after the Great War came to a close.