Hermann von Strantz

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Hermann von Strantz
Hermann von Strantz during WWI
Born 13 February 1853
Nakel an der Netze, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 3 November 1936(1936-11-03) (aged 83)
Dessau, Germany
Allegiance  Prussia
 German Empire
Service/branch Flag of the German Empire.svg Imperial German Army
Years of service 1870–1919
Rank General of Infantry
Commands held
Battles/wars Franco-Prussian War
World War I
Awards Pour le Mérite

Hermann Christian Wilhelm von Strantz (13 February 1853 in Nakel an der Netze – 3 November 1936 in Dessau) was a Prussian officer, and later General of Infantry during World War I. He was a recipient of Pour le Mérite.

World War I[edit]

In 1914, von Strantz was commanding V Corps with headquarters in Posen. In peacetime the Corps was assigned to the VIII Army Inspectorate but on mobilisation V Corps was assigned to the 5th Army forming part of centre of the forces for the Schlieffen Plan offensive in August 1914 on the Western Front.[1]

Armee-Abteilung[2] Strantz (named for von Strantz while he was in command, but later renamed to Armee-Abteilung C) was formed on 18 September 1914 from the left (southern) wing of the 5th Army. It initially commanded V Corps and III Bavarian Corps, controlling half a dozen divisions. Strantz remained as commander of V Corps concurrently but was deputised in this post by a Divisional Commander.

Strantz remained as commander of the Armee-Abteilung until 2 February 1917 when he retired from active service (German: zur Disposition gestellt).[3]



  1. ^ Cron 2002, p. 393
  2. ^ Cron 2002, p. 84 Armee-Abteilung or Army Detachment in the sense of "something detached from an Army". It is not under the command of an Army so is in itself a small Army.
  3. ^ The Prussian Machine Accessed: 25 October 2012


  • Cron, Hermann (2002). Imperial German Army 1914-18: Organisation, Structure, Orders-of-Battle [first published: 1937]. Helion & Co. ISBN 1-874622-70-1. 
  • Ellis, John; Cox, Michael (1993). The World War I Databook. Aurum Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85410-766-6. 
  • [Feldzeitung] Zwischen Maas und Mosel. Armee-Abteilung von Strantz, hrsg. vom Oberkommando der Armee-Abteilung von Strantz, Siegburg ca. 1914-1917
  • Holm Kirsten, Das sowjetische Speziallager Nr. 4 Landsberg/Warthe, hrsg. von der Stiftung Gedenkstätten Buchenwald und Mittelbau-Dora, Göttingen 2005 ISBN 389244952X
  • Hans Friedrich von Ehrenkrook, Genealogisches Handbuch der adeligen Häuser. Adelige Häuser A Band IV. (= Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Band 22 der Gesamtreihe), Glücksburg 1960.
  • Hanns Möller: Die Geschichte der Ritter des Ordens „pour le merite“ im Weltkrieg 1914-1918 - Abschnitt: General der Infanterie von Strantz; Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv 2007, DW-34001-00

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Military offices
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Günther von Kirchbach
Commander, V Corps
3 April 1911 – 2 February 1917
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Eduard von Below
Preceded by
Commander, Armee-Abteilung Strantz
18 September 1914 – 4 February 1917
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Max von Boehn