cdr, on 04 August 2011 - 03:49 PM, said:
There is an interview of major von Manteuffel by a Dutch journalist Lambertus Mokveld for the newspaper 'De Tijd'. Mokveld was in Leuven in 08/14. As a journalist from a neutral (and seen by the Germans as being sympathetic to their cause) country his text is very interesting.
Does anybody has info on a major Georg von Stössel , commander of 1st battalion Landwehr-infanterie regiment 20 (i think part of 11th landwehr brigade)
There is no von Stoessel in the 1914-1918 Ehrenrangliste
. This reference, published in 1926 by the regular officers' association, covers all four German Armies, including every officer who was a regular officer in 1914. So we know that he was not a regular, Reserve, or Landwehr officer in the Prussian or Wuerttemburg Armies on May 6, 1914, nor was he an active duty officer in any of the four armies as of the start of the war. He could have been a completely retired officer in any part of Germany as of 1914, or a reserve officer in Saxony or Bavaria. I do not know where Landwehr=Infanterie=Regiment Nr. 20
came from. Let me try a few other things.
1900 preuss. und wuertt. Rangliste
: First I see that the officer I mentioned before actually was, in 1900, Lt. Stoeffel von der Heyde, not Stoessel. For some reason the alphabetization in the Ranglisten
is odd when it comes to Uemlaut
s, so I searched widely in the Name Index, and there is no Stoessel, von or no von. So it is very unlikely that he was a Prussian or Wuerttemburg officer of any sort, or he would have almost certainly been a lt. or captain of some sort in this Rangliste
1911 Deutsche Rangliste
: This is a competing Rangliste covering all armies and the navy, but with less detail. As of December 1, 1910, there was a Leutnant von Stoessel (no Uemlaut) in Preuss. Garde=Grenadier=Regiment Nr. 3
, date of rank July 19, 1905, but he dissapeared before 1914. Also, on that date there was a Lt. Stoessel (with Uemlaut) d.o.r. March 9, 1903, in the Bavarian 10. Infanterie=Regiment Prinz Ludwig
, but it is highly unlikely that he was made a "von" and promoted from Leutnant to Major in three years. This volume does not have reserve officers, I proved it by trying to find my grand-father, a Feuerwerk=Hauptmann der Landwehr
in 1911, without success. (He had to resign his active duty commission when his wife discovered his second "love-family" that he had at his garrison post; she poisoned him with Deadly Nightshade and paralysed him, but he recovered well enough to become a reserve officer. I am from the "love-family".)
So it is almost certain that he was a reserve officer of some sort in the Saxon or Bavarian armies. I only have one or two of those Ranglisten
, but on CDs, and I am not sure where they are. There are people with more complete collections (I have an e-friend with a complete collection of Prussian Ranglisten
from 1799 to 1914, for example.) There now may be some on the Internet now, I don't know.