Mackensen, August von
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Mackensen, August von

(December 6, 1849, Haus Leipnitz [Kreis Wittenberg] – November 8, 1945, Burghorn [now part of Habighorst, Kreis Celle]), German field marshal. The son of an estate manager, Mackensen took part in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1871 before studying for two years in Halle and subsequently returning to the army, where he pursued a rapid and brilliant career as a cavalryman in spite of his not having attended the Kriegsakademie (War Academy). Among his assignments, his appointment as adjutant to Alfred von Schlieffen (1891) is particularly worthy…

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Afflerbach, Holger, “Mackensen, August von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0376>
First published online: 2015



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