Albrecht von Freyberg

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Albrecht Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen (born February 4, 1876 in Allmendingen , † September 13, 1943 in Berlin ) was a German naval officer , most recently vice admiral and naval attaché .



Albrecht Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen came from the old south German noble family of Freyberg and was married to Anna Charlotte Gabrielle Margarethe von Brentano since October 7, 1912. The marriage resulted in two sons and three daughters. His son Burkhard married Lätitia von Düring. His son Walter (born November 5, 1915) died in World War II on October 8, 1943 on the submarine U 610 . The eldest daughter Gertrud (* 1914) married Count Hamann von Ingelheim gen. Echter von und zu Mespelbrunn, the daughter Ursula von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen (* 1917) married Wolf Siegfried Alexander Graf von Brandenstein-Zeppelin and the youngest daughter Leopoldine ( * 1924) became the wife of Baron Ludwig von Fuchs.

Military career

On April 13, 1896, Albrecht von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen joined the Imperial Navy as a cadet . By being promoted over several stages - Ensign zur See (1899), Leutnant zur See (1899), Oberleutnant zur See (1901) - to captainleutnant (1906), he accompanied various officer posts on several ships in the German fleet. For example, from October 1905 to May 1906 and again from April 1907 to September 1908 on the imperial yacht Hohenzollern . Most recently, he was first officer on the small cruiser Kolberg from July 1911 to December 1912.

Since December 12, 1912, Albrecht von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen was employed as a naval attaché at the German embassy for Austria-Hungary in Vienna . Chargé d'affaires at that time was Heinrich Leonard von Tschirschny and Bögendorff (1858–1916), and military attaché Karl von Kagenbeck (1871–1967). In Vienna he replaced the previous naval attaché Harry Posadowsky-Wehner (1869–1923). Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen initially stayed in Vienna until October 14, 1914, but returned to Vienna in January 1915 as a naval attaché after a brief interim period in which he was available to the Commander of Naval Aviation. From 1916, Wolfgang Muff (1880–1947) worked at his side as a military attaché. This second period of operation lasted until February 1920 as a diplomatic representative, responsible for maintaining the marine relations between Germany and Austria-Hungary. During this time he was promoted to corvette captain (March 1913), frigate captain (December 1919) and sea ​​captain (March 1920). On March 31, 1920, the post of naval attaché in Vienna was canceled.

After the collapse of the German Empire, Albrecht von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen remained in the naval service, now in the Imperial Navy . For this he was briefly commanded from February to March 1920 as an attaché to The Hague to handle the business of the previous naval attaché. That was Corvette Captain Ernst von Weizsäcker (1882–1952). The German ambassador to Holland at this time was Friedrich Rosen (1856–1935).

From April to May he was a member of the Admiralty's staff and was in command of the naval personnel department. From September 1920 he was head of the personnel department in the newly formed naval command (1920) - and worked in various other command posts. So as commander of the navy (1920–1922), naval commissioner for the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal (1922–1923), commander on the liner Hannover (1923–1925), inspector of the naval depot (1925–1926) and head of the naval group at the League of Nations and member of the permanent disarmament committee of the League of Nations (1926–1933).

In 1925 Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen became a rear admiral promoted on 1 October 1928 he was awarded the character as a Vice Admiral and on 1 August 1933, the patent for this rank. During the difficult period of 1932/33, Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen took part in the Geneva Disarmament Conference, briefly serving as head of the group for naval conferences in 1934, before he retired on September 30, 1934. On July 19, 1939 he was made available to the Navy , but not used for active military service.

Albrecht von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen died on September 13, 1943 in Berlin.


Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen was a legal knight of the Johanniter Order . In addition, he received the following medals and decorations for his achievements in peace and war :


  • Biographical data on Albrecht von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen in the files of the Reich Chancellor of the Weimar Republic from 1919 to 1933
  • Dermot Bradley (eds.), Hans H. Hildebrand, Ernest Henriot: Germany's Admirals 1849-1945. The military careers of naval, engineering, medical, weapons and administrative officers with admiral rank. Volume 1: A-G. Biblio Publishing House. Osnabrück 1988. ISBN 3-7648-1499-3 . Pp. 365-366.
  • Klaus-Volker Giessler, The Institution of the Naval Attaché in the Empire, Harald Boldt Verlag, Boppard am Rhein, 1976
  • Heinz Haushofer:  Freyberg, v .. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 5, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1961, ISBN 3-428-00186-9 , p. 420 ( digitized version ). (Side entry in family article)
  • Hans Hildebrand, Formation History and Staffing of the German Armed Forces 1915–1990, Volume 2 (Navy), Biblio Verlag Osnabrück, 2000
  • Marine attaché; Books LCC, Wiki Series, Memphis USA, 2011, pp. 1f.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Ranking list of the Imperial German Navy. Ed .: Marine-Kabinett. Mittler & Sohn. Berlin 1914. p. 125.
  2. a b c Ranking list of the German Reichsmarine. Ed .: Reichswehr Ministry . Mittler & Sohn. Berlin 1929. p. 38.