Adolf Albert Ferdinand Karl Friedrich von Bonin
(11.11.1803 - 16.04.1872)
place of birth:  Heeren, Westfalen  (Duchy of Mark)
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  Generaladjutant SM,  General der Infanterie


Prussian general officer Adolf von Bonin
entered military service in 1821 as a lieutenant with the 2nd Guards Regiment. In 1838, he was selected to serve as an aide-de-camp to King Friedrich Wilhelm III, a duty he likewise carried out in the service of Friedrich Wilhelm IV and Kaiser Wilhelm I. 

General von Bonin headed up I. Army Corps at its headquarters in Königsberg beginning in 1863. These were the troops under his leadership during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. His corps fought in support of the Crown Prince's Second Army, and they were hit hard during the Battle of Trautenau. As a result, I. Army Corps was not a factor during the renowned Battle of Königgrätz. Chief of General Staff Graf von Moltke was thus very critical of General von Bonin and went as far as labeling him completely incompetent.

After the peace treaty was signed in 1867, von Bonin was nonetheless transferred to Dresden to command Prussian troops in the Kingdom of Saxony. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 saw General von Bonin functioning as Governor General of Lorraine, after which he returned to his previous posting as Adjutant General to Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm I.  Soon thereafter, von Bonin died in April of 1872 in Berlin.


General der Infanterie  25.06.1864

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871