Friedrich Philipp Johann Freiherr von Freytag-Loringhoven
(20.05.1855 - 19.10.1924)
place of birth: Copenhagen,
Generalstabschef, General der Infanterie
general officer Hugo von Freytag was one of Germany's most
prominent military writers during the Great War period.
A Great General Staff officer who had a significant voice
within Falkenhayn's inner circle, Freytag served at War's outset as
Prussian military representative at
When Falkenhayn fell out of favor in
mid-1916, his popular replacement von Hindenburg brought his deputy
Erich Ludendorff to headquarters to serve in the newly created position
of First General Quartiermeister. General Freytag- Loringhoven was then
moved into a new posting as Deputy Chief of the General Staff, a job he
retained until the armistice.
Freiherr von Freytag-Loringhoven was the son
of diplomat within the Russian service. During the Great War, he
received the Order Pour le Merite for Arts and Sciences for
his writings on military science. His sister Mathilde was a renowned
artist, while his son Leopold was married to avant-garde dadaist Elsa
von Freytag-Loringhoven. The general died in Weimar in October 1924.