Hugo Ewald Graf von Kirchbach
(23.05.1809 - 06.10.1887)
place of birth: Neumarkt, Schlesien (Sroda
General der Infanterie
Prussian general officer Hugo von Kirchbach was born in
Silesia as the son of a Prussian officer who was later killed in action
in France. Hugo entered military service as a cadet in 1824 and two
years later joined up with the 26th Infantry Regiment at Magdeburg. He
served at the Great General Staff in Berlin, as Third Army Corps chief
of staff, and was then appointed commander of the 36th Infantry Regiment
During the Danish War of 1864, Generalmajor von Kirchbach
commanded the mobile 21st Infantry Brigade. As a divisional
commander during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, von Kirchbach
was awarded the Pour le Merite for his actions during battles at
Nachod, Skalitz, and Schweinschädel. Von Kirchbach was in command of V.
Army Corps troops during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.
General von Kirchbach passed away at his estate in Oberlausitz in 1887.
His son Günther later served as a Prussian field army commander during
World War One.
Eisernes Kreuz II
Pour le Mérite