Kurt Gotthilf von dem Borne
(19.05.1857 - 22.11.1933)
place of birth: Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg
General der Infanterie
Imperial German general officer
Kurt von dem Borne was in command of 13th Division attached
Einem-Rothmaler's VII. Army Corps when Germany mobilized on the Belgian
frontier. General von dem Borne was in temporary command of the corps
as they assisted in the taking of Fortress Liege in the first few days
of the Great War. The 13th ID was part of the
subsequent German push into France by the Second Army.
General von dem Borne's division battled in
hot spots across the Western Front throughout the next couple years.
During the campaigns of 1916, his division was engaged in both the Battle
for Verdun area and in the defense of the Somme.
He was transferred in early 1917 to the Artois in
order to take command of VI. Reserve Corps. He remained in command of
the corps throughout the remainder of the War, and was awarded the Pour
le Merite in April 1918, when he was also promoted to the
rank General der Infanterie. When the War ended, he lead his troops
back to the homeland and was placed in command of VI. Army Corps
headquartered in Breslau. General von dem Borne's was outspoken against
the harsh proposed terms of the Versailles Treaty,
and he resigned his commission upon learning that Germany had
officially signed it. Von dem Borne's son Kurt served in the Imperial
Navy during the Great War, and his son Dietrich was
killed in action in July 1916 flying as battlefield observer.