Karl Eduard von Hänisch
(04.01.1829 - 05.09.1908)
place of birth: Ratibor, Oberschlesien (Upper
General der Cavallerie
Prussian cavalry general von Hänisch
entered the military service in 1847 with the 2nd Uhlan Regiment in
Gleiwitz. He attained the rank of Rittmeister by the time Prussia became
involved in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, where he functioned
as adjutant for the 10th Infantry Division. Thereafter, von Hänisch
also served on the Great General Staff and in the War Ministry.
Von Hänisch was
attached to the Prussian War Minister's mobile staff at the outset
of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, and thus participated in
battles at Gravelotte, Beaumont, and Sedan, as well as in
the Siege of Paris. After the War, he succeeded General Verdy du Vernois as the Director of
the General War Department (Allgemeines Kriegsdepartements) in the War
Ministry, a posting he held from 1883 to 1888. He later commanded a
cavalry division and was then assigned to lead the IV. Army Corps in
Magdeburg, a post he held until his retirement from active duty in 1897.
General von Hänisch passed away in
September 1908 and was buried in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Eisernes Kreuz II