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Max von Gallwitz
A 1915 portrait of General der Artillerie Max von Gallwitz
Born (1852-05-02)May 2, 1852
Died April 18, 1937(1937-04-18) (aged 84)
Place of birth Breslau (Wrocław)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire
Service/branch Army
Rank General
Commands held Twelfth Army 1915
Battles/wars World War I

Max Karl Wilhelm von Gallwitz (2 May 1852 – 18 April 1937) was a German general from Breslau (Wrocław), Silesia, who served with distinction during World War I on both the Eastern and Western Fronts.[1][2]


Max von Gallwitz

Gallwitz began the war as a corps commander (Guards Reserve Corps) on the Western Front, but was almost immediately transferred east to join the Eighth Army under Hindenburg.[1] In 1915 he took command of Armee-Gruppe Gallwitz[3] (later redesignated Twelfth Army) and participated in the Galicia offensive alongside Mackensen, who commanded the Eleventh Army.[4] Towards the end of 1915 he succeeded Mackensen as commander of the Eleventh Army, as the latter campaigned against Serbia. In 1916 Gallwitz moved back to the Western Front and defended against the British attack in the Battle of the Somme. He took over command of 2nd Army and of Heeresgruppe Gallwitz - Somme[5] controlling 1st and 2nd Armies. From 1916-18 he commanded the Fifth Army in the west, most notably engaging the Americans during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel.

Following his retirement from the army, Gallwitz served as a deputy in the Reichstag (1920–24) for the German National People's Party.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Duffy, Michael (2009-08-22). "Who's Who - Max von Gallwitz". 
  2. Duffy, Michael (2009-08-22). "Primary Documents - Max von Gallwitz on the Battle of St Mihiel, 12 September 1918". 
  3. Armee-Gruppe or Army Group in the sense of a group within an Army and under its command, generally formed as a temporary measure for a specific task.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rickard, J. (2007-10-03). "Max von Gallwitz, German General, 1852-1937". 
  5. Heeresgruppe or Army Group in the sense of a number of armies under a single commander.
Bibliography (biography)
  • Jung, Jakob (1995) (in German). Max von Gallwitz (1852-1937). Biblio. pp. 292. ISBN 978-3-7648-2435-8. 
Military offices
Preceded by
New Formation
Commander, Guards Reserve Corps
2 August 1914–9 February 1915
Succeeded by
Upgraded to Armee-Gruppe Gallwitz
Preceded by
Upgraded from Guards Reserve Corps
Commander, Armee-Gruppe Gallwitz
9 February 1915–7 August 1915
Succeeded by
Upgraded to 12th Army
Preceded by
Upgraded from Armee-Gruppe Gallwitz
Commander, 12th Army
7 August 1915–22 September 1915
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Max von Fabeck
Preceded by
Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen
Commander, 11th Army
23 September 1915-16 April 1916
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Arnold von Winckler
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Fritz von Below
Commander, 2nd Army
19 July 1916–17 December 1916
Succeeded by
General der Kavallerie Georg von der Marwitz
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Ewald von Lochow
Commander, 5th Army
17 December 1916–27 September 1918
Succeeded by
General der Kavallerie Georg von der Marwitz

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