(27.07.1851 - 28.05.1926)
place of birth: Osterode (Ostroda
- East Prussia)
General der Infanterie
Imperial German general officer Hans
von Zwehl was called out of retirement to command the VII. Reserves
Second Army. As the German Army crossed into France, General von Zwehl
was tasked with laying siege to Fortress Maubeuge.
His forces were able to complete the task within two weeks, a feat
which resulted in von Zwehl becoming one of the first to receive the Pour
le Merite honor during the War. The VII. Reserves soon made
their way to the trenches along the River Aisne,
where they remained until October 1915, when they were dispatched to
the Verdun region.
In December 1916, von Zwehl's corps suffered
such serious losses at the hands of the French, that he was relieved of
his command and sent to Antwerp, Belgium. There he served as Imperial
Germany's Military Governor until hostilities ended in November 1918.
During the post-War years, von Zwehl labored as a military historian
and writer, working as Erich von Falkenhayn's authorized biographer. He
additionally continued his active membership as part of the Gesetzlose
Gesellschaft zu Berlin, the so-called Lawless Society of
prominent personalities from the world of the arts, literature, and
science. General der Infanterie von Zwehl, who was married to the
former Helene Lambert, passed away in Berlin in 1926.