Paul Leopold Eduard Heinrich Anton Bronsart von
(25.01.1832 - 23.06.1891)
place of birth: Danzig, Westpreußen
KG, General der Infanterie
Prussian War Minister and General der Infanterie Paul
Bronsart von Schellendorff was born into the family of General
Heinrich Bronsart von Schellendorff and Antonia Drège, he also had a
younger brother Walther who later succeeded him as War Minister.
Bronsart entered the Prussian Guards in 1849, Grenadier-Regiment Kaiser
Franz, and was appointed to the general staff in 1861 as a captain.
During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he was section chief on
the Great General Staff, conducting the preliminary negotiations for the
surrender of the French at Sedan.
Following the war, Bronsart was promoted to colonel and chief of
staff of the Guard Army Corps. He was promoted to major general in 1876
and lieutenant general (with a divisional command) in 1881. Two years
later he succeeded Georg von Kameke as Prussian War Minister. During his
tenure (1883-1889), many important reforms were carried out in the
Prussian army, particularly the introduction of the magazine rifle and
laws concerning obligatory army service. He later commanded I. Army
Corps at Königsberg until his death in 1891.