PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – GENERALOBERST von WOYRSCH
Remus von Woyrsch (1847-1920) was in retirement at the outbreak of WW I. Like many key officers (including Paul von Hindenburg), he was recalled to service. During WW I, he served on the Eastern Front and held the rank of Generaloberst. He commanded Armee-Gruppe Woyrsch. Later in the war his command was dissolved and he retired. At his retirement he was advanced one rank, as was the German Army’s practice, and became a Generalfeldmarschall.
Autographed postcard of the general. He is in uniform wearing a PLM at his throat. If you look carefully, you will see a two-place medal bar with an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with Oak Leaves. Not only did he serve in the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War, but he served as a young officer in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. During WW I he reported to Austrians early in the war, and had a large number of Austrians in his command later. When asked about his Austrian troops, he replied that they had learned little since 1866!
His signature on the obverse is bold and signed in black ink. We can see his name and the rank of Generalfeldmarschall (his retirement rank) and the date 3 October 1918. This was then mailed the following day from Breslau. Both card and autograph are in excellent condition.
Martin Wilhelm Remus von Woyrsch (4 February 1847 – 6 August 1920) was a Prussian Field Marshal, a member of the Prussian House of Lords from 1908 to 1918, and an Ehrenkommendator or Honorary Commander of the Order of St. John.