August Karl Friedrich Christian von Goeben
(10.12.1816 - 13.11.1880)
place of birth:  Koblenz, Rheinprovinz
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  General der Infanterie


August von Goeben was a Pussian general
after whom the Imperial cruiser class SMS Goeben was named. His military career was launched in 1833 when he joined the 24th Infantry Regiment in Neu-Ruppin. He enlisted in the Carlist Army and saw action in the First Carlist War in Spain, but later was accepted back into the Prussian Army. As a colonel in the Great General Staff, von Goeben also took part as a military observer in the campaign against Morocco in 1860.

During the Danish War of 1864, von Goeben lead a Prussian brigade which was engaged at Düppel and Alsen. He then commanded the 13th Infantry Division in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. In the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, General von Goeben commanded the Prussian VIII. Army Corps, seeing action at Colombey and Gravelotte. His troops additionally took part in the Siege of Metz, and were then moved to Northern France where they participated in battles at Amiens, Bapaume, and St Quentin. After the war, General von Goeben remained in command of VIII. Army Corps in Koblenz, where he passed away in November 1880. The 28th Infantry Regiment (2nd Rhenish) in Ehrenbreitstein was named in his honor.


General der Infanterie  26.07.1870

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite  20.09.1866