Germany – Postcard – Reinhard Von Scheffer-Boyadel – Autographed
General der Infanterie Reinharrd von Scheffer-Boyadel (1851-1925) was a well known General of Imperial Germany who would be awarded the Pour le Mérite. He joined the Prussian army as a volunteer during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. He would later become an officer. Prior to his retirement in 1913 he would serve on the Great Generl Staff and commanded both a Garde-Division, and Garde-ArmeeKorps. He was recalled to duty in 1914. He was ennobled in in 1890 and made a Baron in 1906.
With the beginning of the war he was placed in command of the XXV. Reserve ArmeeKorps. He was one of the corps commanders reporting to August von Mackensen and the 9th Armee on the Easter Front. He was the most able commander of the 9th Armee and the most aggressive. He made massive advances until he was so far forward that he was cut off and it was feared that his entire command would be captured. In a stunning turn about his much smaller command broke out of the Russia trap sustaining minimal casualties while causing large losses to his Russian enemies. He would later command Armee-Abteilung Scheffer. He was awarded the Pour le Mérite in December 1914.
This postcard signed by him as “v. Scheffer” and dated “1920″ shows him wearing his General pickelhaube with a canvas foul weather cover. He is clearly wearing the shoulder boards of a General der Infanterie. He is holding a sword. Beside his PLM at his throat he is wearing a breast star and a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Also in his button hole is the ribbon and the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.
There is no writing on the reverse and in looking at him he looks as one thinks a Prussian General should look!