Germany – Postcard – August Von Mackensen
Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen (1849-1945) was one of the most successful commanders of the German army. He fought under von Hindenburg in the east and when von Hindenburg was promoted to Chief of the General Staff he succeeded him to command all allied forces in the East. His war was essentially over when Russia quit the war. He was known for wearing the busby complete with totenkopf.
He was a favorite of Kaiser Wilhelm II who ennobled him in 1899. He was one of five men to receive the 1914 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. Upon the death of Wilhelm, he traveled to Haus Dorn for the funeral and laid his great coat over the casket of his Kaiser.
This postcard is a color image of him. He is wearing the Pour le Mérite at his neck and the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class which he won in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
The postcard is in excellent condition and was never mailed.