Hans Karl August von Werder
(16.11.1867 - 08.05.1923)
place of birth: Schleswig
General Hans von Werder was an Imperial German officer and
highly-decorated brigade commander during the Great War. He was
born into the home of Prussian Generalmajor Albert von Werder, and was
also the grandson of General August von Werder, hero of the Franco-Prussian
War. He began his military career in Berlin with 2nd Guard Foot
Regiment, a unit he would later command with distinction during the War.
When War broke out, von Werder was Fourth Army commanding general
Albrecht von Wurttemberg's operations officer (Ia), participating in
German actions at Neufchateau and during the Battle of the
River Marne. He was sent east in September to work for General von
Hindenburg and his Eighth Army, first as his line of communications
officer, and then as I. Reserve Corps commander von Morgen's Chief of
Staff. In May of 1915, von Werder moved to XXI. Army Corps mobile
headquarters to head up General von Hutier's staff. Here he
distinguished himself for his planning and leadership during the siege
of Kowno, and during the battles along the River Niemen
and at Vilnius.
Back on the Western Front, von Werder took over
his old regiment, 2. Garde-Regiments zu Fuß, and again
distinguished himself during the 1916 Battle of the Somme. After
promotion to Oberst that August, he was sent to the Romanian Theater to
be Donau-Armee Commander General Kosch's Chief of Staff. In early 1917,
von Werder was chosen to lead 81st Infantry Brigade, which was heavily
engaged in the Ypres Battlefield region. His leadership during the Battle
of the Kemmel earned him the Pour le Merite honors. As
the War ended in late 1918, and after conducting defensive actions along
the rivers Somme and Oise and then into Alsace, von Werder
led his troops back to Germany for demobilization. He soon thereafter
left the military and passed away in Potsdam four years later.
le Mérite ....................