Prittwitz und Gaffron, Maximilian von
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Prittwitz und Gaffron, Maximilian von

(November 27, 1848, Bernstadt – March 29, 1917, Berlin), German general. Prittwitz came from an old military family, and in peacetime had a rapid and brilliant career. Yet even before the war, doubts were expressed about the military capacity of the “thick soldier” (his nickname). He was criticized for his rough manners and his excessive nervousness. Therefore as commander of the XIVth Infantry Corps in Metz, capable chiefs of staff were chosen to support him. Wh…

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Afflerbach, Holger, “Prittwitz und Gaffron, Maximilian von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 18 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0478>
First published online: 2015



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