Friedrich Freiherr von Esebeck
(23.08.1870 - 25.05.1951)
place of birth:  Weimar
Königreich Preußen:  AOK-Stabschef,  Oberstleutnant

Friedrich Freiherr von Esebeck launched his service career in 1890 when he joined the 1st Guards Regiment in Berlin. He spent much of his early career in staff work, either at the corps level or in Berlin with the Great General Staff.

As Germany entered the Great War in August of 1914, von Esebeck was serving as von Mudra's Chief Operations Officer (Ia) with the XVI Army Corps based in Metz. A few months into the war, von Esebeck was promoted to XVI Corps' Chief of Staff. He was then transferred to Heeresgruppe Deutscher Kronprinz to work as Crown Prince Wilhelm's Chief Operations Officer (Ia). This was followed up in April 1917 with a move to headquarters of Armeeabteilung A, where Major von Esebeck once again functioned as General von Mudra's Chief of Staff. He served for just a couple months in 1918 as Fritz von Below's Chief of Staff at Ninth Army headquarters at Crepy, and then spent the final months of the War as Chief of Staff of the Military Government of Metz.

In the aftermath of World War One, Oberstleutnant von Esebeck continued his military service, ultimately commanding 1st Infantry Division in Königsberg and simultaneously acting as commander of Wehrkreis I. He retired from active duty in September 1929 and was given the brevet rank of General der Infanterie.

Oberstleutnant  27.01.1918

Pour le Mérite  03.04.1918

Curriculum Vitae  
01.04.1890 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Potsdam  (Fahnenjunker)
18.11.1890 Portepée-Fähnrich
02.08.1891 Sekonde-Lieutenant
01.01.1890 Preußische Kriegsakademie - Berlin
09.02.1900 Premier-Lieutenant
21.07.1903 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Potsdam
10.03.1904 Großer Generalstab - Berlin
01.04.1904 Hauptmann
01.04.1904 VII. Armeekorps - Münster   (on Frh von Bissing's General Staff)
27.01.1909 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Potsdam  (Coy Cdr)
01.10.1912 Major
01.10.1912 Großer Generalstab - Berlin 
01.04.1913 XVI. Armeekorps - Metz  (Ia on Bruno von Mudra's General Staff)
Great War  
02.08.1914 XVI. Armeekorps - Metz  (Ia on Bruno von Mudra's General Staff)
01.04.1915 XVI. Armeekorps - Metz  (Bruno von Mudra's Chief of General Staff)
28.12.1916 Heeresgruppe Deutscher Kronprinz  (Ia on Crown Prince Wilhelm's General Staff)
10.04.1917 Armeeabteilung "A"   (Bruno von Mudra's Chief of General Staff)
27.01.1918 Oberstleutnant
18.06.1918 9. Armee   (Fritz von Below's Chief of General Staff)
18.08.1918 General-Gouvernement - Festung Metz   (Chief of General Staff)




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