Walter von Lossow

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Walter von Lossow
Walter von Lossow (1872-1943).jpg
Birth date 21 July 1872
Place of birth Ingolstadt, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Death date 14 August 1943 (aged 71)
Place of death München, Gau Munich-Upper Bavaria, German Reich
Resting place Alter Friedhof Pöcking, Landkreis Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
Service/branch Fahne der Bayerischen Armee.png Royal Bavarian Army
Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
War Ensign of Germany (1921–1933).png Preliminary Reichswehr
Rank Oberstleutnant
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Iron Cross
Bavarian Military Merit Order
Relations ∞ 1907 Helene Soxhlet

Walter von Lossow (sometimes Walther; 21 July 1872 – 14 August 1943) was a German officer of the Bavarian Army, the Imperial German Army and the Preliminary Reichswehr, finally Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel) of the field artillery. Otto von Lossow was a distant cousin and one of many officers of the von Lossow family.


Helene und Elisabeth von Lossow.jpg
Walter von Lossow, grave (Alter Friedhof Pöcking).jpg
Walter von Lossow (1872-1943), Medal Bar.jpg

Walter von Lossow joined the Royal Bavarian 1. Feld-Artillerie-Regiment „Prinz-Regent Luitpold“ in 1892 and was trained as a field artillery officer, commissioned in 1893. From 1 October 1894 to 16 August 1895, he was commanded to the Royal Bavarian Artillery and Engineering School in München (Marsfeld). As a 1st Lieutenant, he was named adjutant of the 2nd Battalion of his regiment, later serving in the 1st Company. On 12 October 1906, he was promoted to Captain and named commander of the 2nd Battery in his regiment. Before the war, he was in the staff of his regiment and as such took part in World War I. It is not known, if he was active in the Freikorps, although likely, but he was taken over by the Preliminary Reichswehr and retired on 27 December 1920, receiving the rank of honorary Lieutenant Colonel. He also received the right to wear the uniform of the 1. Feld-Artillerie-Regiment.[1]



Walter was the son of Generalmajor Louis Paul August von Lossow (1837–1923) and his wife Thekla, née Halder (1848–1936). His had only one sibling, a younger brother:

  • Ernst von Lossow (1873–1946), served as an officer (Rittmeister z. D. in WWI, received on 16 June 1920 Charakter als Major) and again with the Wehrmacht from 1940 to 1943, finally as a Lieutenant Colonel.


On 24 September 1907 in München, Captain von Lossow married his fiancée Helene Soxhlet (1881–1955),[2] daughter of German inventor Franz Ritter von Soxhlet (1848–1926).[3] They had one daughter:

  • Elisabeth Gertraud Johanna (b. 24 June 1911 in München; d. 8 December 2003)
    • ∞ München 25 November 1933 Dr.-Ing. Karl Theodor Klaus Lieberknecht (b. 12 December 1907 in Oberlungwitz; murdered at Soviet Special Camp No. 6 Jamlitz after March 1946), wealthy industrialist; his body was never recovered
      • Son: Dr. Klaus Lieberknecht (1934–2005), also buried at Alter Friedhof Pöcking alongside his mother and grandparents.


Bavarian Army

  • 18 February 1892 Portepee-Fähnrich (Officer Cadet)[4]
  • 28 March 1893 Second-Lieutenant (2nd Lieutenant)
  • 13 September 1901 Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
  • 12 October 1906 Hauptmann (Captain) without Patent
    • Patent received on 26 October 1907
  • 3 November 1914 Major


  • 27 December 1920 Charakter als Oberstleutnant (Honorary Lieutenant Colonel) 

Awards and decorations


  1. Verordnungs-Blatt des Königlich Bayerischen Kriegsministeriums, 1920, p. 489 f.
  2. Gothaisches Genealogisches Taschenbuch der Adeligen Häuser, 1942, Teil A, p. 300
  3. German agricultural chemist Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. med. h. c. von Soxhlet invented the Soxhlet extractor in 1879. In 1886, he proposed that pasteurization be applied to milk in order to prevent disease and spoilage. He taught at the Technical University of Munich.
  4. Verordnungs-Blatt des Königlich Bayerischen Kriegsministeriums, 1892, p. 52
  5. Verordnungs-Blatt des Königlich Bayerischen Kriegsministeriums, 1916, p. 1135