Maximilian von Speidel

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Maximilian "Max" Freiherr[1] von Speidel (13 September 1856 – 24 February 1943) was a Bavarian general and State Council at the Bavarian Ministry of War.


Von Speidel was born in Munich. In the rank of a General der Kavallerie,[2] von Speidel was commander of the 6th Bavarian Reserve Division from 30 October to 16 November 1914, the unit in which Hitler served during World War I.[3]

In the "Hertling Cabinet" he was acting as War Minister for a short time in 1916.,[4] before he became State Council from 26 November 1916 to 21 January 1919.[5]

Upon agreement with Kurt Eisner and Albert Roßhaupter, on 10 November 1918 after the revolution, he and Otto von Dandl went to Schloss Wildenwart in the district of Rosenheim, where Von Speidel planned to persuade King Ludwig III to issue a declaration in which he would release the army officers of their oath, but Ludwig had already left Schloss Wildenwart. Two days later, Von Dandl could convince the king of the release of the officers of their oath.[6]

Von Speidel was married to Anna Maria Karolina Maximiliane Erwine, Gräfin von Arco auf Valley.[7] He died in his hometown.


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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron). In Germany since 1919, it forms part of family names. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.
  2. ^ former military rank below Colonel General
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Bavaria - war ministers Archived October 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Staatsministerium für militärische Angelegenheiten (German), Historisches Lexikon Bayerns (Bavarian historical lexikon).
  6. ^ Florian Sepp: Erster vergeblicher Versuch am 10. November 1918 (German), Historisches Lexikon Bayerns, p. 1.
  7. ^ Anna Maria Karolina Maximiliane Erwine, Gräfin von Arco auf Valley
  8. ^ Brazil - The Imperial Order of the Rose.
Government offices
Preceded by
Otto Freiherr Kreß von Kressenstein
Ministers of War (Bavaria)
1916 (acting)
Succeeded by
Philipp von Hellingrath