Leopold Eduard Heinrich Anton Bronsart von Schellendorff
(25.01.1832 - 23.06.1891)
place of birth: Danzig, Westpreußen (Gdansk, Poland)
KG, General der Infanterie
Prussian War Minister and General der Infanterie Paul
Bronsart von Schellendorff was born into the family of
General Heinrich Bronsart von Schellendorff and Antonia Drège, he also
had a younger brother Walther who later succeeded him as War Minister.
Bronsart entered the Prussian Guards in 1849, Grenadier-Regiment Kaiser
Franz, and was appointed to the general staff in 1861 as a captain.
During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he was
section chief on the Great General Staff, conducting the preliminary
negotiations for the surrender of the French at Sedan.
Following the war, Bronsart was promoted to
colonel and chief of staff of the Guard Army Corps. He was promoted to
major general in 1876 and lieutenant general (with a divisional
command) in 1881. Two years later he succeeded Georg von Kameke as
Prussian War Minister. During his tenure (1883-1889), many important
reforms were carried out in the Prussian army, particularly the
introduction of the magazine rifle and laws concerning obligatory army
service. He later commanded I. Army Corps at Königsberg
until his death in 1891.