(09.03.1854 - 28.11.1918)
place of birth: Meiningen, Thüringen (Thuringia)
General der Infanterie
General Max Hoffmann was an
Imperial German division and corps commander during the Great
War. As Germany mobilized, he headed 19th Infantry Division
attached to Emmich's X. Army Corps as they laid siege to the fortresses
of Liege, Belgium. The 19th ID was also soon thereafter involved in the
Battle for Namur. After pushing deep into France, the division
additionally took part in the First Battle of the Marne
of September 1914.
In the Spring of 1915, the division
transferred to the Galician Front to serve under Generaloberst August
von Mackensen as he prepared for his offensive to break through at Gorlice-Tarnow.
Generalleutnant Hofmann was appointed in July 1915 as Georg von der
Marwitz' provisional replacement as commander of the Beskiden-Korps,
part of the Army of the Bug. The success of his
corps troops in taking the fortress at Brest-Litovsk earned Hofmann the
Pour le Merite in August 1915.
After being engaged with Graf von Bothmer's Süd-Armee
in East Galicia, the Beskiden-Korps was
transferred in October 1917 to the Moselle River area of the Western
Front. Hofmann's corps was renamed to XXXVIII. Reserve Corps in January
1918, after which he wa promoted to General der Infanterie on the
occasion of Kaiser Wilhelm's birthday. That summer his corps fought
alongside General von Hutier's 18th Army in the Avre River area.
General Hofmann had to leave the front in mid-August after falling
seriously ill in August, and died in the field hospital shortly after
the War drew to a close.