Ludwig Samson Heinrich Arthur Frh von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen 
(18.06.1815 - 26.04.1881)
place of birth:  Darmstadt
Königreich Bayern:  KG,  Generaladjutant SM,  General der Infanterie

                          


Royal Bavarian General der Infanterie
Ludwig von der Tann commanded I. Bavarian Army Corps during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. His brothers Hugo and Rudolph were Bavarian generals as well. He launched his career in 1827 as a page at the Bavarian court, after which he joined the officer corps and took part in the First Schleswig War of 1848.  He was then von Willisen's chief of staff during the Danish War of 1864, Prinz Karl of Bavaria's chief of staff during Austro-Prussian War of 1866. In the meantime, von der Tann also
remained close companion and adjutant to King Maximilian II.

At the start of 1869, von der Tann-Rathsamhausen, as he was now called, assumed command of I. Bavarian Army Corps which was headquartered in Munich. He led these troops into battle during the Franco-Prussian War and continued in their command until his death in 1881 at Meran, Italy. Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm I awarded him the Pour le Merite, and he also received the Grand Cross of the Bavarian Military Order.

     

General der Infanterie .... 08.01.1869

Eisernes Kreuz II ............. Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite .................... 22.12.1870

Militär-Max-Joseph ......... 22.08.1876  Großkreuz