Bernhard von Poten

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Karl Georg Heinrich Bernhard Poten , from 1899 von Poten , (born August 8, 1828 in Celle ; † November 22, 1909 in Berlin ) was a Prussian colonel and military writer.



Poten came from a middle-class family of officers from Kurhannover . His parents were the Hanoverian Major Georg Poten (1799–1882) and Juliane Dorothea Kannengießer (1804–1841). His uncle Friedrich Poten (1779-1845), Hanoverian lieutenant colonel , was raised in 1827 by Grand Duke Ludwig I of Baden to the hereditary baron status . His nephew continued the baronial lineage .


Poten served in the Hanoverian military from 1847 to 1866 . In 1847 he was second lieutenant , in 1854 he was promoted to prime lieutenant and in 1863 to Rittmeister . As such, he belonged to the Hanoverian Hussar Regiment "Queen" with a patent from December 2, 1859. After the end of the Hanoverian Army and its takeover in the X. Army Corps of Prussia, Poten also switched to Prussian services . In 1867, Poten was assigned to the 1st Silesian Hussar Regiment No. 4 as squadron chief . He was promoted to major in 1870. From 1871 to 1874 he was on the regiment's staff and from 1874 to 1884 adjutant at the General Inspectorate of Military Education and Training under position à la suite of his regiment. During this time he rose to lieutenant colonel in 1875 and was given the character of a colonel in 1878 . On November 3, 1884, his resignation request with a pension and permission to wear his previous uniform were granted.

Poten was raised to the Prussian nobility on January 24, 1899 in Berlin .


Poten married Anna Sophie Elisabeth Behncke (1837–1905) in Celle in 1861. From the marriage the son Heinrich Georg Wilhelm Alexander (1863-1920) emerged, who embarked on a military career in the Prussian army and rose to major general .


  • Military service instruction for the cavalry of the German Imperial Army. Berlin 1875.
  • Our people in arms: the German army in words and pictures. Spemann, Berlin / Stuttgart 1885, OCLC 458073164 ; Reprinted in: Historische Bibliothek , Melchior, Wolfenbüttel 2008, ISBN 978-3-939791-66-9 (in Fraktur).
  • Georg Freiherr von Baring : Royal Lieutenant General of Hanover 1773–1848: A picture of life due to v. Record d. Deceased uv Mittheilgn d. Family designed. Berlin 1898.
  • History of the military upbringing and education system in the lands of the German tongue. Berlin 1900.
  • The King's German Legion. 1803-1816. 1905.
  • Manual for the one-year volunteer as well as for the reserve and Landwehr officer of the cavalry. Berlin 1911 (together with Albrecht Axel von Maltzahn).
  • Concise dictionary of all military science. (9 volumes) Velhagen & Klasing, Bielefeld and Leipzig 1877–1880 ( digitized version ).
  • Command book for the Exercise Regulations for the Cavalry of April 10, 1886 ( digital copy ).
  • History of military education and training in Saxony. ( Digitized version ).
  • The generals of the Royal Hanoverian Army and their regular troops. ES Mittler & Sohn , Berlin 1903 ( digitized ).

Poten has also written numerous individual articles in the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB), mostly on officers.


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