Hans Karl August von Werder  
(16.11.1867 - 08.05.1923)
place of birth:  Schleswig
Königreich Preußen:  AK-Stabschef,  Oberst

General Hans von Werder
was an Imperial German officer and highly-decorated brigade commander during the Great War. He was born into the home of Prussian Generalmajor Albert von Werder, and was also the grandson of General August von Werder, hero of the Franco-Prussian War. He began his military career in Berlin with 2nd Guard Foot Regiment, a unit he would later command with distinction during the War.

When War broke out, von Werder was Fourth Army commanding general Albrecht von Wurttemberg's operations officer (Ia), participating in German actions at Neufchateau and during the Battle of the River Marne. He was sent east in September to work for General von Hindenburg and his Eighth Army, first as his line of communications officer, and then as I. Reserve Corps commander von Morgen's Chief of Staff. In May of 1915, von Werder moved to XXI. Army Corps mobile headquarters to head up General von Hutier's staff. Here he distinguished himself for his planning and leadership during the siege of Kowno, and during the battles along the River Niemen and at Vilnius

Back on the Western Front, von Werder took over his old regiment,
2. Garde-Regiments zu Fuß, and again distinguished himself during the 1916 Battle of the Somme. After promotion to Oberst that August, he was sent to the Romanian Theater to be Donau-Armee Commander General Kosch's Chief of Staff. In early 1917, von Werder was chosen to lead 81st Infantry Brigade, which was heavily engaged in the Ypres Battlefield region. His leadership during the Battle of the Kemmel earned him the Pour le Merite honors. As the War ended in late 1918, and after conducting defensive actions along the rivers Somme and Oise and then into Alsace, von Werder led his troops back to Germany for demobilization. He soon thereafter left the military and passed away in Potsdam four years later.

Oberst  13.09.1912

Pour le Mérite  03.05.1918

Curriculum Vitae  
17.03.1887 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Berlin  (Fahnenjunker)
19.09.1888 Sekonde-Lieutenant
00.00.0000 Preußisches Kriegsakademie - Berlin
00.00.0000 Großer Generalstab - Berlin
12.09.1895 Premier-Lieutenant
23.03.1901 Hauptmann
18.04.1901 VI. Armeekorps - Breslau  (on Bernhard von Sachsen-Meiningen's general staff)
00.00.0000 11. Infanterie-Division - Breslau
00.00.0000 Kommandantur Posen
00.00.0000 Großer Generalstab - Berlin
00.00.0000 VI. Armeekorps - Breslau
14.11.1903 4. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß - Berlin/Tiergarten  (Coy Cdr)
00.00.0000 7. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 96 - Gera  (Bn Cdr)
11.09.1907 Major
27.01.1914 Oberstleutnant
Great War  
02.08.1914 4. Armee  (Ia on Albrecht Herzog von Württemberg's general staff)
18.09.1914 8. Armee, Etappen-Inspektion  (line of communications officer on Hindenburg's general staff)
12.12.1914 I. Reservekorps  (Kurt von Morgen's Chief of Staff)
03.05.1915 XXI. Armeekorps  (Oskar von Hutier's Chief of Staff)
22.02.1916 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß  (Cdr)
18.08.1916 Oberst
28.08.1916 Generalkommando z.b.V. Nr.52  (Robert Kosch's Chief of Staff)
00.12.1916 Donau-Armee  (renamed from Genkdo Nr.52, Robert Kosch's Chief of Staff)
15.02.1917 81. Infanterie-Brigade  (Cdr)
21.02.1919 1. Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 89 - Schwerin
22.11.1919 Uniform: 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
22.11.1919 zur Disposition gestellt




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