Adolf Albert Ferdinand Karl Friedrich von
(11.11.1803 - 16.04.1872)
place of birth: Heeren, Westfalen (Duchy of
General der Infanterie
Prussian general officer Adolf von Bonin entered military
service in 1821 as a lieutenant with the 2nd Guards Regiment. In 1838,
he was selected to serve as an aide-de-camp to King Friedrich Wilhelm
III, a duty he likewise carried out in the service of Friedrich Wilhelm
IV and Kaiser Wilhelm I.
General von Bonin headed up I. Army Corps at its headquarters in
Königsberg beginning in 1863. These were the troops under his
leadership during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. His corps
fought in support of the Crown Prince's Second Army, and they were hit hard during the Battle of Trautenau.
As a result, I. Army Corps was not a factor during the renowned Battle
of Königgrätz. Chief of General
Staff Graf von Moltke was thus very critical of General von Bonin and
went as far as labeling him completely incompetent.
After the peace treaty was signed in 1867, von Bonin was
nonetheless transferred to Dresden to command Prussian troops in the
Kingdom of Saxony. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 saw General
von Bonin functioning as Governor General of Lorraine, after which he
returned to his previous posting as Adjutant General to Prussian Kaiser
Wilhelm I. Soon thereafter, von Bonin died in April of 1872 in
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