Karl von Fasbender

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Karl von Fasbender
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Karl von Fasbender
Born (1852-12-03)3 December 1852
Michelbach, Wiesbaden
Died 13 May 1933(1933-05-13) (aged 80)
Munich, Germany
Allegiance  Bavaria /  German Empire
Years of service 1872–1918
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held

World War I

Battle of the Frontiers
Battle of Vimy Ridge
Awards Military Order of Max Joseph, Grand Cross
Pour le Mérite

Karl Ritter[a] von Fasbender (3 December 1852 – 13 May 1933) was a Bavarian General der Infanterie who served as a corps commander throughout World War I and briefly commanded an army at the end of the war.[1]

Military service[edit]

Although he was a native of the Prussian Province of Hesse-Nassau, Fasbender joined the Bavarian Army in 1872. He rose to divisional command in the pre-War period, before retiring in 1912. He also served as Chief of Bavarian General Staff in 1907 and 1908.

Recalled from retirement on the outbreak of the War, he took command of the newly formed I Royal Bavarian Reserve Corps[2] as part of the mostly Bavarian 6th Army.[3] He commanded this Corps for almost the entire duration of the war. In the final days of the war he was appointed to command the 19th Army.[4]

Fasbender was awarded the Pour le Mérite (the Kingdom of Prussia's highest order of merit) on 13 September 1916.[5] He was also successively awarded all three classes of the Military Order of Max Joseph (German: Militär-Max-Joseph-Orden), the highest purely military order of the Kingdom of Bavaria: Knight's Cross (German: Ritterkreuz) on 5 October 1914, Commander's Cross (German: Kommandeurkreuz) on 4 January 1917 and Grand Cross (German: Großkreuz) on 23 April 1917.

Karl von Fasbender died on 13 May 1933 in Munich, Germany.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Regarding personal names: Ritter is a title, translated approximately as Sir (denoting a Knight), not a first or middle name. There is no equivalent female form.
  1. ^ "Biography on The Prussian Machine". Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Cron 2002, p. 86
  3. ^ Cron 2002, p. 394
  4. ^ Cron 2002, p. 82
  5. ^ "Orden Pour le Mérite". Retrieved 31 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. 
Military offices
Preceded by
New Formation
Commander, I Royal Bavarian Reserve Corps
2 August 1914 - 8 November 1918
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Paul von Kneußl
Preceded by
Generaloberst Felix Graf von Bothmer
Commander, 19th Army
8 November 1918 - 18 December 1918
Succeeded by