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War Office

The War Office was established by a cabinet order of November 1, 1916, to administer the Hindenburg Program initiated by the Operations Branch of the General Staff. The War Office was to centralize war economy measures and serve as the enforcement authority for the Auxiliary Service Bill. Officially placed beneath the Prussian War Ministry, it was a peculiar mix of military war-economy staff and civilian government boards. Lieutenant General Wilhelm Groener was named the War Office’s first chief. The War Office proceeded to form the War Replacement and Labor Department …

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “War Office”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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