Leopold von Kleist
(25.03.1824 - 29.12.1910)
place of birth: Stolp, Hinterpommern (Slupsk, PO)
General der Infanterie
General Ewald von Kleist served the Imperial German Army
as commander of the I. Army Corps from 1885 to 1887. His military career
prior to that had him serving in the Danish
War of 1864 as an adjutant at Supreme Headquarters of the
allied forces in Schleswig-Holstein. He was subsequently engaged in the Austro-Prussian
War of 1866, this time as a battalion commander, seeing action at Soor,
Königinhof, and Königgrätz.
For his valor and military leadership in those battles, von Kleist
was honored with the Pour le Merite medal.
After the war, von Kleist was promoted through the ranks and
received his colonelcy in 1869 when he was selected to command
Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 89. Oberst von Kleist led these
troops during the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870-71, where they saw action in most of the major battles,
including Toul, Le Mans, and the siege of Metz.
Upon cease of hostilities, von Kleist commanded a brigade, then a guards
division, and ultimately was selected to succeed General Walther von
Gottberg as commander of I. Army Corps in Königsberg. He retired from
active duty in 1889 and then passed away in Potsdam at the close of
1910. General von Kleist's son Friedrich served as a division commander
during the Great War.
Eisernes Kreuz II
Pour le Mérite