Walter Degenhard Freiherr von Loë
(09.09.1828 - 06.07.1908)
place of birth: Schloß Allner,
Rheinprovinz (Rhenish Prussia)
Imperial Prussian field marshal Walter Freiherr von Loë
served as adjutant to both Kaisers Wilhelm I. and Wilhelm II.
General von Loë was one of the few cavalry officers to be selected to
the rank of field marshal. He was also the only catholic in the
Prussian army to ever receive promotion to this rank, and in that
context maintained a liaison role with the Vatican.
In 1848 and 1849, Lieutenant von Loë took
part in campaigns in
and in Baden. He also fought with Prince Albrecht
of Prussia in the Caucusus (1862), with General
Rose in Algiers (1864), and was engaged at Königgrätz
(1866). During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, von Loë was a
colonel who saw plenty of action and was awarded the Iron Cross First
Class. In the post-war years, he continued his rise through the ranks
until ultimately being selected as general field marshal in January
1905. Field Marshal von Loë died in Bonn in July 1908.