"Fritz" von Lossberg

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"Fritz" von Lossberg

Post by JohnW » 02 Mar 2004 05:03


I was wondering if anyone has any details of this man's career. Promotions, commands, awards etc.? I read that he seemed to be a fix it man of sorts. Thanks in advance.


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Post by Kaan Caglar » 02 Mar 2004 16:12

I dont have many details but he lived between 1868-1943. His highest promotion was General. Lossberg published a "Manual of Infantry Training for War",which taught the brittle crust defense. In time, Von Lossberg became converted. Ironically, he was the first to put the elastic defense into practice, by which act he ultimately gave his name to it.
Here, you can read about Lossbergs achievements and his improvements in German defence tactics.
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Friedrich Karl von Loßberg

Post by Glenn2438 » 02 Mar 2004 17:05

Hi John,

Friedrich Karl von Loßberg was born on the 30th of April 1868 at Bad Homburg and died on the 14th of May 1942 at Lübeck. He entered the 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß on the 3rd of January 1886 as a Fahnenjunker and was commissioned as a Sekondelieutenant on the 17th of September 1887.

He attended the War Academy from 1 October 1894 until 21 July 1897 and was attached to the General Staff on the 1st of April 1898 being definitively assigned on the 29th of March 1900. From 18 August 1900 to 17 February 1903 he was on the staff of the XIV Army Corps and was then a company commander in Infantry Regiment 114 until his assignment as the operations officer of the 19th Division on 22nd of April 1905. He served as an instructor at the War Academy from 1st Oct 1907 to 1st October 1910 when he became operations officer of the XIV Army Corps. On the 1st of October1912 he was appointed as the commander of the 2nd Battalion Infantry Regiment 94 and exactly a year later as the Chief of Staff of the XIII Army Corps.

From 23 Jan 1915 he was the deputy Chief of the Operations Section of the General Staff of the Field Army and then held the following Army Chief of Staff posts:

26 Sep 1915: 3rd Army
02 Jul 1916: 2nd Army
19 Jul 1916: 1st Army
11 Apr 1917: 6th Army
12 Jun 1917 4th Army

On the 6th of August 1918 he became COS of Army Group Boehm and his final wartime appointment was as COS of Army Group Herzog Albrecht von Württemberg. Following the war he was COS of Grenschutz Süd, Commander of Reichwehr-Brigade 26 and took up the appointment of Commander of the 6th Division on the 1st of August 1920. His final appointment was as Commander of Group Command 1 from 1st Jan 1925 until his retirement on the 31 Jan 1927.


Premierlieutenant: 16 Jun 1894
Hauptmann: 29 Mar 1900
Major: 27 Jan 1907
Oberstleutnant: 16 Jan 1913
Oberst: 24 Jul 1915
Generalmajor: 03 Aug 1917
Generalleutnant: 18 Dec 1920 (seniority of 1 Oct 1920)
General der Infanterie: 01 Oct 1926

PLM: 21 Sep 1916
OPLM: 24 Apr 1917

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Post by JohnW » 08 Mar 2004 07:21

_KaaN_ and Glenn,

Thanks for the information. I understand that he also was awarded Bavaria's Max Josef Order and Saxony's St. Heinrich's Order. Doesw anyone have a more detailed list of his awards? TIA.


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Post by Stauffenberg II » 08 Mar 2004 12:05

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· Kingdom of Prussia, Order pour le merite with Oakleaves
· Kingdom of Prussia, Red Eagle-Order, 4th Class
· Kingdom of Prussia, Crown-Order, 3rd Class
· Kingdom of Prussia, House-Order of Hohenzollern, Knight’s Cross (with Swords)
· Kingdom of Prussia, Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class
· Duchy of Hohenzollern, Honor Cross 2nd Class with swords
· Kingdom of Bavaria, Military-Max Joseph-Order, Knight´s Cross
· Kingdom of Bavaria, Military-Merit Order, 3rd Class with swords and the crown
· Kingdom of Saxony, Saint Henry Order, Commander´s Cross 2nd grade
· Kingdom of Saxony, Albert-Order, Officer´s Cross with swords
· Kingdom of Württemberg, Military-Merit Order, Commander´s Cross
· Kingdom of Württemberg, Order of the Crown of Württemberg, Knight´s Cross
· Grand Duchy of Baden, Order of the Zähringen Lion, Commander´s Cross 1st grade with swords
· Grand Duchy of Hessen, Bravery medal
· Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Military-Merit Cross, 2nd class
· Duchy of Braunschweig, Heinrich-the-Lion-Order, Knight´s Cross 1st grade
· Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, House- and Meritorder, Honor Knight´s Cross 1st grade
· Grand Duchy of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, Houseorder of the White Falcon, Commander´s Cross with swords
· Free City of Bremen, Hanseatic Cross
· Saxon Duchies, House-Order, Commander´s Cross 1st grade with swords
· Duchy of Sachsen-Meiningen, Honor Cross for War Merit

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Post by JohnW » 09 Mar 2004 06:33

Stauffenberg II,

Wow! That's quite an impressive collectin of awards. Thanks for the info.


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Post by USAF1986 » 11 Mar 2004 23:31

Hello! Per the 1926 Rangliste des Deutschen Reichsheeres, General der Infanterie Friedrich-Karl von Loßberg was also a Knight of Justice (Rechtsritter) of the Johanniter Order (Johanniterorden). Although not wearing the neck badge in the excellent photo above, he is displaying the associated white Maltese cross breast badge signifying his membership in the order.

Of note, he was the father of WWII Generalmajor Bernhard von Loßberg (born 26 July 1899).


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