Otto von Emmich

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Otto von Emmich
Otto von Emmich
Born (1848-08-04)4 August 1848
Minden, Prussia
Died 22 December 1915(1915-12-22) (aged 67)
Hanover, Imperial Germany
Allegiance Kingdom of Prussia Prussia
German Empire Imperial Germany
Service/branch Prussian Army
Imperial German Army
Years of service 1866-1915
Rank General
Commands held X Army Corps
Battles/wars Franco-Prussian War
World War I

Albert Theodor Otto Emmich (since 1913 von Emmich) (August 4, 1848 – December 22, 1915) was a Prussian general.


Born in Minden, Emmich entered the Prussian Army in 1866. He attained the rank of general of infantry in 1909, and was placed in command of the X Army Corps at Hanover. During the early days of World War I in Europe in 1914, he laid siege to Liège, which he entered on August 7, 1914.

The Battle of Liège began shortly after the morning of August 5,1914 when German bombardment began on the eastern Belgian forts. This marks it chronologically as the first battle to take place during World War I, beginning shortly before the Battle of Mulhouse.[1] The Imperial German troops were obliged to entrench and bring up heavy siege artillery.

Emmich was ennobled in 1913. He died of arteriosclerosis in Hanover.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.


  1. ^ Keegan 1998, p. 84
  • The Siege of Liége: A Personal Narrative, by Paul Hamelius (London, 1914).
  • In Daily Chronicle War Books, volume iv, (1914), "The Campaign Around Liége," by J. M. Kennedy.