Ludwig von Seither

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Ludwig Since then , since 1908, Ritter von Since then (* 2. December 1857 in Landau , † 24. March 1945 in Bad Wörishofen ) was a Bavarian General of Artillery in the First World War .



Since then was the son of a teacher. He had married Louise Feldbausch in 1883. The marriage had four children.

Military career

After attending a humanistic grammar school , Seit then joined the 2nd field artillery regiment of the Bavarian Army as a one-year volunteer in 1876 . Released the following year as a non-commissioned officer in the reserve , he decided to embark on an active career as an officer. Since then he successfully graduated from the Munich War School and was subsequently promoted to secondary lieutenant on May 7, 1879 . In the following years he served in his regiment and from October 1, 1887 he was assigned to the War Academy for three years , which gave him the qualification for the senior adjutantage and the subject, as well as conditionally for the general staff. In the meantime promoted to Prime Lieutenant, since then he has been adjutant of the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade . Promoted to captain on September 22, 1893 in this position , he returned to his regular regiment the following year and worked there as battery chief until 1897 . He was then assigned to the Great General Staff in Berlin . Released from this command after a year of service in the local railway department , he has since been appointed railway line commissioner in Munich and promoted to major on October 28, 1901 . As such, on December 8, 1902, he was appointed department commander in the 11th Field Artillery Regiment in Würzburg , and has since been assigned to the War Ministry on February 25, 1904 . With his promotion to lieutenant colonel on March 8, 1905, he was transferred here and appointed head of the artillery and weapons department. From April 28, 1908 to March 6, 1910, he was in command of the 3rd field artillery regiment "Prince Leopold" as Colonel .

In the meantime, Prince Regent Luitpold had awarded him the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown on June 2, 1908 . Associated with this was the elevation to the personal nobility status, after which he was allowed to call himself Ritter von Seither after his entry in the nobility register .

On March 7, 1910, Seither received command of the 1st Field Artillery Brigade and was promoted to major general on March 26, shortly thereafter . Released from this command on October 22, 1910, he continued to work as an inspector of the technical institute in Munich. Promoted to Lieutenant General on December 17, 1913 , he has been Feldzeugmeister since March 19, 1914 .

He held this post after the outbreak of World War I until December 20, 1915. Since then, he has acted as a stage inspector for the Falkenhausen army division on the western front . With the formation of the 2nd Landwehr Division , he was appointed commander of this major unit on the Eastern Front on January 2, 1917 . On Jan. 17, 1917 Since then received the character as General of Artillery. At first his division was engaged in trench warfare off Riga and took part in the battle for the city in early September 1917. This was followed by trench warfare on the Daugava until the ceasefire and finally the armistice on the Eastern Front in December 1917 . His troops continued to work in the Baltic region afterwards . Since then was replaced on 24 September 1918 and then in approval of his leave request with the statutory pension and awarded the Military Merit , First Class with Swords to the disposition provided.


Individual evidence

  1. Othmar Hackl: The Bavarian War Academy (1867-1914). CH Beck´sche publishing house bookstore. Munich 1989. ISBN 3-406-10490-8 . P. 574.
  2. ^ Military weekly paper . No. 75 of June 18, 1908. pp. 1737-1738.
  3. ^ Military weekly paper. No. 47 of October 17, 1918. p. 774.