Georg Ernst Karl Ludwig von Priem

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Georg von Priem
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Birth name Georg Ernst Karl Ludwig von Priem
Birth date 19 November 1883(1883-11-19)
Place of birth Deutz near Köln, Rhine Province, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Death date 9 January 1944 (aged 60)
Place of death Warsaw, Axis-occupied Poland
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 National Socialist Germany
Service/branch War and service flag of Prussia (1895–1918).png Prussian Army
Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
Freikorps Flag.jpg Freikorps
War Ensign of the Reichswehr, 1919 - 1935.png Reichswehr
Balkenkreuz.jpg Heer
Years of service 1902–1944
Rank Generalmajor (Major General)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Iron Cross
Baden Order of the Zähringer Lion
Johanniter-Orden Knight
War Merit Cross (1939)
Relations ∞ 1927 Frieda Schoeps

Georg Ernst Karl Ludwig von Priem (19 November 1883 – 9 January 1944) was a German officer of the Prussian Army, the Imperial German Army, the Freikorps, the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht, finally Generalmajor (Major General) during World War II.


Father Georg Albert (1850–1920) also became an officer, he served as a Rittmeister of the husars in the Brandenburg Husaren-Regiment (Zietensche Husaren) Nr. 3, retired as a Major z. D., was highly decorated in 1908 (see picture), became Princely Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt Chief Court Marshal until his death, was reactivated in WWI, served as Charakter als Oberstleutnant z. D. (Honorary Lieutenant Colonel at disposal; announced on 27 January 1915[1]) and commandant of the headquarters of the Armee-Abteilung Falkenhausen which was used to protect the Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine.
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  • 13.3.1902 Joined the “Königin Augusta“ Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 4 in Berlin as an officer candidate
  • 20.7.1912 Officer (tutor) with the Royal Prussian NCO School in Castle Ettlingen (Baden)
  • 2.8.1914 Leader of the 2nd Company/Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 55
  • 16.9.1914 Severely wounded (machine gun bullets to the left shoulder and chest); military hspital (Lazarett)
    • 13.10.1914 also suffered from dysentery and typhus
  • 7.5.1915 1st orderly officer and Ib on the staff of the 13th Landwehr Division (temporarily deputy Ia and 1st adjutant)
  • 16.2.1916 Nervous shock caused by a serious car accident
  • 15.10.1916 Leader of the 4th Battalion/Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 82
  • 2.2.1917 Leader of the 1st Battalion/Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 60
  • 9.4.1917 Leader of the 2nd Battalion/Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 60
  • 30.12.1917 Commander of the field recruit depot of the 13th Landwehr Division
  • 1.8.1918 Commander of the 3rd Battalion/Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiments Nr. 15
  • 10.2.1919 Transferred to the Infanterie-Regiment "Herzog Ferdinand von Braunschweig" (8. Westfälisches) Nr. 57
  • 27.2.1919 Transferred as company commander to the Volunteer Guard Grenadier Regiment No. 4 (Freiwilligen-Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 4)
    • like other Freikorps, used in border protection (Grenzschutz Ost) and later taken over as 3rd Battalion into the Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 51
  • 8.11.1920 Adjutant of the Army Peace Commission in the Reichswehr Ministry, Berlin
  • Spring 1924 Reichswehr Ministry, Berlin
  • 1.10.1924 On the staff of 3rd Battalion of the 3rd (Prussian) Infantry Regiment, Osterode
    • later commander of the 11th company of the 3rd (Prussian) Infantry Regiment, Osterode
  • 1.10.1926 On the staff of the 1st Battalion of the 3rd (Prussian) Infantry Regiment, Marienwerder
  • 31.1.1928 Retired
  • 1.2.1928 Civilian employee in the state security department of the Military District Command VI, Münster; organizer in the Wupper area
  • 1.4.1929 Civilian employee on the staff of Military District Command VI, Münster
  • 1.12.1930 Consultant at the Arnsberg North district management
  • 1.3.1932 In the district management of Arnsberg North West and South
  • 1.10.1933 Returned to the Reichswehr as a state security officer (L-Offizier) at the Münster Wehrgauleitung
  • 1.10.1934 L[andesschutz]-processor (Group II) at the Reichswehr headquarters advertising office in Münster (Westphalia)
  • 1.11.1934 Head of the Reichswehr recruiting office in Coesfeld/Münsterland
  • 5.3.1935 Transferred to the supplementary officers (E-Offiziere)
  • 1.5.1935 Commander of the Coesfeld Military District Command (by renaming the position)
  • 15.6.1938 Commanded as commander of the Cologne II Military District Command
  • 1.7.1938 Commander of the Cologne II Military District Command
  • 28.7.1940 After the Battle of France, head of Control Commission A of the Armistice Commission (Hotel “Nassauer Hof” in Wiesbaden)
  • 15.9.1940 Head of the Army Control Inspection France in Bourges/Cher
  • 1.6.1941 Transferred to the active troop officers
  • 26.7.1942 Leader reserve (Führerreserve) OKH
    • He remained assigned to his previous office until 2 August 1942 and was assigned to the staff of the Wehrmacht Plenipotentiary in the Netherlands with effect from 3 August 1942
  • 3.8.1942 Field Commandant (Feldkommandant) 674 (FK 674), Breda in the Netherlands
  • 20.10.1942 Assigned to the staff of the Wehrmacht commander Ukraine (leader reserve)
  • 21.10.1942 Delegated with the leadersip of the Field Command (Feldkommandtur) 675 (FK 675), Vinnitsa
  • 2.11.1942 Appointed Field Commandant (Feldkommandant) 675 (FK 675)[2]


Georg was the grandson of Major General Georg Heinrich von Priem. His parents were Georg Albert von Priem (b. 1 February 1850 in Berlin; d. 23 December 1920 in Rudolstadt) and his wife Therese Marie Friederike Caroline, née Freiin von Plettenberg (b. 26 September 1855 in Köln am Rhein).[3] His father was an officer, since 20 September 1896 Princely Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt Chamberlain, since 27 November 1899 Court Marshal and since 10 April 1909 Chief Court Marshal (Fürstlich Schwarzburg-Rudolstadtischer Kammerherr und Oberhofmarschall) as well as Real Privy Councilor (Wirklicher Geheimrat) since 21 August 1918. georg had one younger brother:

  • Leopold Eduard Konrad (b. 19 April 1885 in Deutz), officer (Landwehr-Train I) and merchant in Berlin; ∞ Berlin 2 March 1914 Julie Albertine Busch (b. 4 January 1877 in Duisburg), one daughter (Eugenie Maria; b. 6 January 1915 in Berlin-Lankwitz; d. 30 August 2000)[4]


On 12 December 1927 in Brandenburg, Major von Priem married his fiancée Antonie Martha Frieda Schoeps (b. 7 March 1898 in Berlin).


Major General Georg Ernst Karl Ludwig von Priem died on 9 January 1944 in a military hospital in Warsaw (Reserve-Lazarett XII). He was ceremoniously buried. When the Red Army invaded Warsaw in January 1945, the general's war grave was desecrated and leveled. Despite a post-war search, his remains were not found and therefore could not be recovered and reburied (as of 2024).


  • 13.3.1902 Fahnenjunker (Officer Candidate)
  • 18.10.1902 Fähnrich (Officer Cadet)
  • 18.8.1903 Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant) with Patent from 19.8.1902
  • 18.8.1911 Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
  • 8.11.1914 Hauptmann (Captain)
  • 1.8.1925 Major
  • 1.2.1928 Charakter als Oberstleutnant (Honorary Lieutenant Colonel)
  • 1.10.1933 Charaktisierter Oberstleutnant a. D. (retired Honorary Lieutenant Colonel) with Rank Seniority (RDA) from 1.8.1930
  • 15.5.1934 Oberstleutnant a. D. (state protection officer; Landesschutzoffizier; L-Offizier)
  • 5.3.1935 Oberstleutnant (supplemental officer; Ergänzungsoffizier; E-Offizier)
    • 1.5.1935 received Rank Seniority (RDA) from 1.2.1930
    • 1.11.1936 received ordinal number (Ordnungsnummer) to his Rank Seniority (RDA) from 1.2.1930
  • 1.1.1937 Oberst (E; Ergänzungsoffizier)
  • 1.6.1941 Oberst (active Colonel) with Rank Seniority (RDA) from 1.1.1937
  • 1.1.1942 Generalmajor (Major General)

Awards and decorations

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