General Simeone Gilberto Addobbati

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General Simeone Gilberto Addobbati

Post by DrG » 12 May 2005 13:02

Has anyone got any information about Simeone Gilberto Addobbati, an ethnic-Italian general (or fieldmarshal?) of the Austrian Army, who retired at the beginning of WW1 with Italy? :?

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Simeon Addobbati

Post by Glenn2438 » 12 May 2005 16:23

Hi DrG,

Simeon Addobbati was born on the 4th of February 1851 in Zara. After attending the Cadet Institute in Marburg (Maribor) he entered the Maria Theresia Military academy in 1866 from which he graduated as a Lieutenant on the 1st of September 1870 and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Bernhard Herzog von Sachsen-Meiningen Nr. 46. Promoted to Oberlieutenant on the 1st of November 1876 and to Hauptmann 2. Classe on the 1st of November 1883 with a transfer to Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 101.

On the 1st of May 1887 he was transferred to Infanterie-Regiment Freiherr von Weber Nr. 22 and promoted to Hauptmann 1. Classe on the 1st of November 1887. He transferred to the k.k. Landwehr on the 18th of September 1890 in Landwehr-Bataillon Nr. 81, became commander of Landwehr-Bataillon Cattaro Nr. 82 in April 1892 and was promoted to Major on the 1st of May 1893.

In October 1894 he was assigned to k.k. Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 23 and in 1895 to k.k. Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 13. Promoted to Oberstleutnant on the 1st of May 1897 and from April 1900 commander of k.k. Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 11 with promotion to Oberst on the 1st of May 1900.

Appointed commander of the 42. Landwehr-Infanterie-Brigade in Prague in January 1906 and promoted to Generalmajor on the 28th of October the same year.

He retired in March 1909 as a Feldmarschalleutnant and resided in Vienna's VII District at Hermanngasse 31. He was still alive in 1914.

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Post by DrG » 13 May 2005 13:46

Thank you very much for the info, I didn't hope to get such a detailed answer. :)
I can add a few info: Gen. Addobbati died on 20 June 1926 (see his tombstone: http://www.dalmazia.it/dalmazia/cimiter ... /dz001.htm).
About the date of his retirement, my source (Niccolò Luxardo De Franchi, "Dietro gli scogli di Zara", LEG, 1999), written by a grand-nephiew of the general, states that he retired when Italy declared war on Austria in 1915, but your data are different: is it possible that around that date he requested to be deleted from the reserve, or something similar? Or is my source certainly wrong? :?

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Simeon Addobbati

Post by Glenn2438 » 13 May 2005 19:23

Hi DrG,

the General definitely retired from active service in 1909. He is listed in the 1914 edition of the Ruhestands-Schematismus der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Armee as a retired Feldmarschalleutnant (Feldmarschalleutnant des Ruhestandes).

He certainly does not appear to have been recalled for service in WW1.

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Post by DrG » 14 May 2005 14:52

Thank you again. :)
Just a last question: given his age in 1914, were there many chances that he was recalled in service in WW1? I mean, is it possible that he refused to return in service during the war? Or simply he wasn't recalled because a 63-years-old general wasn't thought to be fit for war? :?
When I'll be less busy I'll contact also the author of that book to ask other details about his grand-uncle.

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Simeon Addobbati

Post by Glenn2438 » 15 May 2005 11:32

DrG,

I personally believe it more likely that he was just too old or unfit to serve in WW1. I think it unimaginable that such a senior officer who had dedicated his entire life to the service of his Emperor would have refused to serve if called upon to do so.

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