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Gallwitz, Max von
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Gallwitz, Max von

(May 2, 1852, Breslau [modern Wrocław] – April 18, 1937, Naples), German general. The son of a sergeant, Gallwitz served as a volunteer in the Franco-Prussian War. He later made his career in the General Staff and in the Prussian War Ministry. He was appointed divisional commander in 1905, inspector of the field artillery in 1911, and raised to the nobility in 1913.

Gallwitz was commander of the Guard Reserve Corps when the war broke out; one of his first tasks was the capture of the fortress of Namur. As early as August 1914, the corps was t…

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Afflerbach, Holger, “Gallwitz, Max von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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