Georg von Kleist
Kleist originally joined the 6th Brandenburg Infantry Regiment No. 52 of the Prussian Army , in which he was promoted to Second Lieutenant in 1869 . After being wounded in the Battle of Gravelotte in the Franco-German War , he switched to cavalry . After attending the military academy , he became a prime lieutenant in 1877 and then in 1878 to the general staff . Promoted to Rittmeister in 1883 , in 1887 he joined the General Staff of the 3rd Division as a major and in 1892/95 was commander of the Uhlan regiment "Emperor Alexander II of Russia" (1st Brandenburg) No. 3 in Fürstenwalde . As a lieutenant colonel on January 27, 1895 he became department head in the subsidiary budget of the Great General Staff, in 1896 colonel and in 1897 head of the department for war history. In 1899 Kleist became major general and in 1901 inspector of the 1st Cavalry Inspection. In 1902 he was promoted to lieutenant general and a year later he was appointed commander of the 38th division in Erfurt . On January 27, 1907, Kleist was promoted to General of the Cavalry to General Inspector of the Cavalry . In recognition of his services, Wilhelm II awarded the Grand Cross of the Red Eagle Order with Oak Leaves and Crown and presented it on May 15, 1909 à la suite of the Uhlan regiment "Emperor Alexander II of Russia" (1st Brandenburg) No. 3. On April 6, 1912 Keist was put up for disposition with the statutory pension and leaving the Uhlan regiment "Emperor Alexander II of Russia" (1st Brandenburg) No. 3 in approval of his resignation request.
At the beginning of the First World War , on August 25, 1914, he was appointed General Command of the XXIII Reserve Corps appointed. With this Kleist was used on the northern section of the 4th Army of Duke Albrecht von Württemberg in the Battle of Ypres . On December 19, 1914, he had to resign from command due to a heart condition.
From 1910 to 1918 he was a member of the Prussian mansion at the presentation of the Association of the Pomeranian von Kleist . In 1913 he was a founding member and from autumn 1918 to 1919 chairman of the " Prussian League ", which campaigned for the preservation and restoration of the monarchy .
Kleist was married to Hanna Barbara von Nathusius. The marriage produced several children, including:
- Robert Heinrich Feodor (* 1882), Prussian officer
- Heinrich Fedor Bogislaw (* 1884), Prussian officer
- Georg Viktor Ernst Ewald (* 1887), Prussian officer
- Ewald Wilhelm Alexander (* 1895)
- Barnim Hans Heinrich Eberhard Robert (* 1897)
- The life of Field Marshal Count Kleist von Nollendorf. Schindler. Berlin 1887. (PDF file; 1.52 MB)
- The officer patrol as part of the strategic task of the cavalry. 2nd edition, 1891.
- Maneuvering instruction for the cavalryman. Berlin 1895.
- Overview of the participation of the von Kleist family in the (1st) world wars. Wusseken, 1920. (PDF file; 956 kB)
He was co-author of the Handbook for Army and Fleet , Encyclopedia of War Studies and Related Areas , Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Stuttgart 1913
- v. Maltzahn: Master list of the Uhlan regiment Emperor Alexander II of Russia (1st Brandenburg) No. 3 from the establishment 1809 to 1908. ES Mittler & Sohn , Berlin 1908, pp. 184-185.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Krüger: Master list of officers, medical officers and officials of the infantry regiment v. Alvensleben (6. Brandenburgisches) No. 52. Verlag Gerhard Stalling, Oldenburg 1912, pp. 76-77.
- Genealogical manual of the nobility . Noble houses. A Volume XIII, p. 330, Volume 80 of the complete series, CA Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 1975,
- Acta Borussica Volume 10 (1909–1918) (PDF file; 2.74 MB)
- Article in the family history of von Kleist
|SURNAME||Kleist, Georg von|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Kleist, Georg Friedrich von (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Prussian general of the cavalry and politician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 25, 1852|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Rheinfeld|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 29, 1923|
|Place of death||Wusseken|