Georg von Kleist

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Georg Friedrich von Kleist (born September 25, 1852 in Rheinfeld , † July 29, 1923 in Wusseken ) was a Prussian cavalry general and politician.



Georg von Kleist came from the old Pomeranian noble family von Kleist . He was the son of the Prussian major general Fedor von Kleist and his wife Rosamunde, née von Kleist.

Military career

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.

Political commitment

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 .

Property ownership

He was inheriting commissioner on Good Wusseken and squire to Löschinghof .


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)


He was co-author of the Handbook for Army and Fleet , Encyclopedia of War Studies and Related Areas , Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Stuttgart 1913

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