Friedrich Karl Walter Degenhard Freiherr von Loë
(09.09.1828 - 06.07.1908)
place of birth: Schloß Allner, Rheinprovinz (Rhenish
Imperial Prussian field marshal Walter Freiherr von Loë
served as adjutant to both Kaisers Wilhelm I. and Wilhelm II.
General von Loë was one of the few cavalry officers to be selected to
the rank of field marshal. He was also the only catholic in the Prussian
army to ever receive promotion to this rank, and in that context
maintained a liaison role with the Vatican.
In 1848 and 1849, Lieutenant von Loë took part in campaigns
Schleswig-Holstein, Dresden, and in Baden. He also
fought with Prince Albrecht of Prussia in the Caucusus (1862),
with General Rose in Algiers (1864), and was engaged at Königgrätz
(1866). During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, von Loë was a
colonel who saw plenty of action and was awarded the Iron Cross First
Class. In the post-war years, he continued his rise through the ranks
until ultimately being selected as general field marshal in January
1905. Field Marshal von Loë died in Bonn in July 1908.