Freiherr von Speidel
(13.09.1856 - 24.02.1943)
place of birth: München, Bayern (Bavaria)
General der Kavallerie
Bavarian cavalry general Maximilian von Speidel was called
out of retirement at the start of the Great War. He was responsible for
standing up the 6th Royal Bavarian Reserve Division, which was
initially engaged in Flanders at Ypres.
Additionally, the 25-year old Austrian Adolf Hitler served in a reserve
regiment which was subordinate to this division. Later on during the
War, von Speidel was transferred to the Royal Bavarian War Ministry in
Munich, where he worked as state council (Staatsrat)
for Military Affairs from 1916 through 1919. He was married to Anna
Maria, Countess of Arco auf Valley. Prior to the Great War, in 1888,
Freiherr von Speidel accompanied Her Royal Highness Therese Princess of
Bavaria during her scientific expedition to Brazil.