Beseler, Hans Hartwig von
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Beseler, Hans Hartwig von

(April 27, 1850, Greifswald – December 20, 1921, Neubabelsberg), German general. At the outbreak of World War I Beseler took command of IIIrd Reserve Corps, and was ordered on September 17, 1914, to besiege the city of Antwerp. The fall of this strategically important fortress on October 9, 1914, established Beseler’s reputation. In August of 1915 he was responsible for the successful siege of Modlin Fortress near Warsaw which helped push the Russian army out of Poland. On …

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Hecker, Hans, “Beseler, Hans Hartwig von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 14 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0070>
First published online: 2015



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