Albert Ferdinand Karl Friedrich von Bonin
(11.11.1803 - 16.04.1872)
place of birth: Heeren,
Westfalen (Duchy of Mark)
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.