Rudolf Ferdinand von Kummer
(11.04.1816 - 03.05.1900)
place of birth:  Szelejewo, Provinz Posen  (Poznan, Poland)
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  General der Infanterie


General von Kummer
served as an officer in the Prussian Army during Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and as a division level commander in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. After launching his military career in 1834 with 18th Infantry Regiment, von Kummer later saw action in 1848 as Prussian forces quelled numerous Polish rebellions. Upon attaining the rank of Oberst, von Kummer was transferred to Berlin in 1860 to serve for three years August Prinz von Württemberg's chief of staff at Guard Corps headquarters. 

As a Generalmajor, von Kummer commanded 25th Infantry Brigade during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, engaged as part of the Main Army. His outstanding leadership during this period merited him the Pour le Merite honor. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 saw Generalleutnant von Kummer heading troops of 3rd Reserve Division which took part in the capture of the city of Metz. He was then transferred to northern France to command 15th Division, engaged in battle at Amiens, Hallue, and St. Quentin. In the post-War years, General von Kummer functioned as military governor of Cologne, retiring from active duty in 1877. He passed away in 1900 in Hannover. His son Heinrich Ferdinand von Kummer served as a Prussian general officer as well.


General der Infanterie  18.01.1875

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite  20.09.1866   (Eichenlaub:  12.01.1871)