Johann Georg Adolf Ritter von Deines
(30.05.1845 - 17.11.1911)
place of birth:  Hanau
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  Generaladjutant SM,  General der Cavallerie


Cavalry officer Adolf von Deines served as a Prussian military officer and diplomat at the turn of the century. He was born into the home of Friedrich Ritter von Deines and Emilie Pfeiffer. He was married to the daughter of Generaloberst Ludwig Freiherr von Falkenhausen. Von Deines joined the Prussian Army in 1867, taking part in the Franco- Prussian War of 1870-71, where he was promoted to Leutnant.

Following the war in France, he worked for a few years at Great General Staff in Berlin, then was transferred to the Turkey-Greece frontier in 1881 to function as a military observer. He was then sent to Madrid as the Prussian Military Attaché to Spain, after which he returned to Berlin as an aide-de-camp to Kaiser Wilhelm II who had just taken the throne. This new position thus gave von Deines Immediatstellung, or direct access to the German Monarchy. As the Kaiser's aide, Major von Deines was dispatched to Vienna to serve as the attaché from 1887 to 1893. Executing his military duties in Austria during this time period also placed von Deines in a position as one of Chief of General Staff von Waldersee's political instruments to force the downfall of Reichs Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

By 1894, Oberst von Deines had been promoted within Kaiser Wilhelm's entourage to the position of Overgouverneur, or the royal aide chiefly responsible for the upbringing of the Kaiser's sons. The crown achievement of his military career occurred in 1902 when he took command of VIII. Army Corps in Koblenz. He was soon thereafter promoted to General der Kavallerie, but his deteriorated hearing led to retirement from active duty in 1906. Ritter von Deines passed away in 1911 in his hometown of Hanau, where he is interred at the main cemetery.


General der Cavallerie  29.05.1903

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871