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Heinrich Wilhelm Martin von Goßler
(29.9.1841 - 10.1.1927)
place of birth:  Weißenfels, Provinz Sachsen  (Prussian Saxony)


Prussian general of infantry who succeeded Walther Bronsart von Schellendorf as Minister of War from 1896 to 1903. His father Karl Gustav served as Prussian Chancellor, while his mother, Sophie von Mühler, was the daughter of Justice Minister Heinrich Gottlob von Mühler. Heinrich's younger brothers Konrad and Wilhelm were also generals who served during the Great War.

Goßler began his military career in 1860 as a lieutenant in the Grenadier- Regiment Kronprinz (1. Ostpreußisches) Nr.1 in Königsberg, later taking part in the war against Austria in 1866. He also distinguished himself during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. Following the war, his military career had him serving in various regimental roles, as well as service in the War Ministry, becoming a departmental chief there by 1885. His final active duty position had him in command of the 25th Infantry Division in Darmstadt, before he succeeded Bronsart von Schellendorf as Prussian Minister of War.

 





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