Eduard von Hänisch
(04.01.1829 - 05.09.1908)
place of birth: Ratibor,
Oberschlesien (Upper Silesia)
General der Cavallerie
Prussian cavalry general von Hänisch entered
the military service in 1847 with the 2nd Uhlan Regiment in Gleiwitz.
He attained the rank of Rittmeister by the time Prussia became involved
in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, where he
functioned as adjutant for the 10th Infantry Division. Thereafter, von Hänisch also
served on the Great General Staff and in the War Ministry.
was attached to the Prussian War Minister's mobile staff at
the outset of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71,
and thus participated in battles at Gravelotte, Beaumont,
and Sedan, as well as in the Siege of
Paris. After the War, he succeeded General Verdy du Vernois
as the Director of the General War Department (Allgemeines
Kriegsdepartements) in the War Ministry, a posting he held from 1883 to
1888. He later commanded a cavalry division and was then assigned to
lead the IV. Army Corps in Magdeburg, a post he held until his
retirement from active duty in 1897. General von Hänisch passed
away in September 1908 and was buried in Berlin-Charlottenburg.