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Blasius von Schemua
Blasius von Schemua in 1914.
Native name Slovene language: Blaž Žemva
Born (1856-01-02)January 2, 1856
Died November 21, 1920(1920-11-21) (aged 64)
Place of birth Klagenfurt, Austrian Empire
(now Austria)
Place of death Klagenfurt, First Austrian Republic
Allegiance  Austria-Hungary
Service/branch Austro-Hungarian Armed Forces
Years of service 1874–1915
Rank Kuk GenBranch 1918.svg General of the Infantry
Unit  Austria-Hungary Army
Commands held Austro-Hungarian General Staff
16th Corps
2nd Corps

World War I

Blasius von Schemua (Slovene language: Blaž Žemva

Klagenfurt, 2 January 1856 – Klagenfurt, 21 November 1920) was an Austro-Hungarian general of Slovene descent.


Blasius von Schemua[1] was born in the family of sl (Blaž Žemva), an Army officer. He graduated from the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt in 1874 and the Military High School in Vienna in 1884, where he was also a lecturer from 1893 to 1897. In 1910, he was responsible for nationwide mobilization in the Ministry of War. From 1911 to 1912 he was Chief of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff. As a general of Slovene descent, he achieved the highest position in the hierarchy of the Austro-Hungarian Army.[2] At the beginning of the Balkan Wars of 1912–13 he was appointed commander of the 16th Corps in Dubrovnik and promoted to Lieutenant field marshal, and in 1913 he was promoted to General of the Infantry. At the beginning of World War I in 1914, during the Battle of Galicia, he commanded the 2nd Corps and failed to distinguish himself at the Battle of Komarów; he was replaced by de (Johann von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach). He was then appointed commander of the defense of Danube from Krems to Pressburg. In 1915 he retired at his own request.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 (in Slovene) Enciklopedija Slovenije. Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana 1987–2002
  2. (in Slovene) Biografski leksikon Gorenjci. Spletni biografski leksikon. Osrednja knjižnica Kranj.
Military offices
Preceded by
Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf
Chief of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff
3 December 1911 – 12 December 1912
Succeeded by
Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf

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