Felix Graf von Bothmer (10 December 1852) – 18 March 1937) was a German general of the Brusilov offensive. His father was army general and belongs to the german nobility. In 1871 Bothmer joined the Bavarian Army. He spent the next forty years serving in the Bavarian War Ministry or on the Bavarian General Staff, with three years in Berlin with the General Staff. During this time he rose through the ranks, reaching general of infantry in 1910.
In World War I and later life
On 30 November 1914
he was appointed to command the 6th Bavarian Reserve Division at Ypres
On 22 March 1915
he was moved to command Corps Bothmer, a unit raised to help defend the passes of the Carpathian Mountains
against Russian attacks that directly threatened Hungary. He’s concored the Zwinin
in April 1915 and was thus in the right place to take part in the great German advance after the breakthrough at Gorlice-Tarnow in May 1915. His units to stand firm against the Brusilov Offensive of June 1916. In 1917 he was appointed to command the 19th Army in Lorraine. He remained there until 8 November 1918
, while to his north the German front crumbled. Bothmer retired from the army later in November 1918. Count Bothmer died in Munich
on March 18, 1937 and, contrary to his family's wishes, Hitler's
government ordered a state funeral for the general. He was eulogized by Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria.
Felix Graf von Bothmer married on July 22, 1882 Miss Auguste Baldinger. They had together 2 daughters.
- Sekondlieutenant: November 28, 1971
- Premierlieutenant: November 23, 1882
- Hauptmann: October 31, 1888
- Major: September 22, 1893
- Oberstlieutenant: March 17, 1897
- Oberst: July 21, 1900
- Generalmajor: May 18, 1903
- Generalleutnant: September 15, 1905
- General der Infanterie: May 4, 1810
- Generaloberst: April 9, 1918
Decorations and honors
Other German states
The orders above which were from Allied nations were awarded prior to World War I.
- Konrad Krafft von Dellmensingen, Friedrichfranz Feeser, "Das Bayernbuch vom Weltkriege 1914-1918", I. Band, Chr. Belser AG, Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart 1930
- Günter Wegner, Deutschlands Heere bis 1918, Band 10, Bayern, Biblio Verlag, Osnabrück, 1984
- Rudolf v. Kramer, Otto Freiherr von Waldenfels, Der königlich bayerische Militär-Max-Joseph-Orden, Selbstverlag des k. b. Militär-Max-Joseph-Ordens, München 1966