Austria – Postcard – Feldmarschall Franz Conrad Von Hotzendorf -Chief of State – Autographed
We recently acquired a large collection of signed postcards, private photos, letters, etc. of German Admirals, Generals, etc. Many of these items were acquired by a single collector who would write to the subject and receive in return a signed photograph, postcard, letter. Etc. The name of this collector was Paul Baer and his name appears on many of the items offered.
Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852-1925) was a Feldmarschall ) one of three in the Austrian army.) and the Chief of Staff. He was a proponent of war against Serbia and he was certain it would be a quick and easy victory. It was not. Also allowing a two front war against Russia drained Austrian troops and their supplies. From that point forward more support from Germany came to pass and they took comand of Austrian trrops in the field firt under von Hindeburg and then von Mackensen when von Hindenburg transferred to Berlin to command the Great General Staff.
Von Hötzendorf’s power was on the decline and after the death of Kaiser Franz Ferdinand in 1916 and the assumption of the Austrian throne von Hötzendorf was dismissed in March 1917 and Kaiser Charles assumed the duty himself. Von Hötzendorf requested retirement but Kaiser Charles requested that he assume command of an Armee-Gruppe on the Italian Front.
This autographed postcard shows von Hötzendorf with Kaiser Wilhelm II in Berlin. Aside from the numerous decorations that he received von Hötzendorf was also awarded the Pour le Mérite in 1915 and the oak Leaves to the Pour le Mérite in 1917.
The postcard is boldly signed in black ink on the reverse in 1920.