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Moritz von Auffenberg

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Moritz Auffenberg, from 1869 Ritter von Auffenberg, from 1915 Freiherr Auffenberg von Komarów 22 May 1852 – 18 May 1928 was a general of infantry for the Austro-Hungarian Army and Minister of War At the outbreak of World War I, he took command of the Fourth Army


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Books
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References


Auffenberg entered the army at age 19 As a young staff officer, he served in the army which occupied Bosnia in 1878 He later commanded the XV Army Corps at Sarajevo In 1910, he reached the rank of general His active spirit led him to take a vigorous part in the internal politics of the monarchy, his knowledge of the Hungarian and more especially of the Southern Slav question being intimate He had attracted the attention of the heir to the throne, the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, who had, in spite of much opposition, secured his appointment as Minister of War of the Empire in 1911, where he served until 1912, when he was obligated to resign after only a little over a year In this position, he tried to modernize the army obtaining many political enemies in the process Among his few successes was an increase of military budget

During World War I, Auffenberg commanded the Fourth Army which won at the Battle of Komarów but was defeated by the Russians during the Battle of Rawa the "six days battle" He was blamed for the defeat, dismissed from the command and replaced by the Archduke Josef Ferdinand Auffenberg never held a command again

On April 22, 1915, Emperor Franz Joseph I awarded him the title of Freiherr with the designation "von Komarow," in recognition of his victory at this battle In April 1915, he was arrested, being suspected that, as War Minister, he delivered to an unauthorized person a copy of military instructions with a view to speculation on the stock exchange, but the court acquitted him


Auffenberg wrote two books about the war:

  • Aus Österreich-Ungarns Teilnahme am Weltkrieg About Austro-Hungarian participation in the World War, Berlin, Ullstein, 1920
  • Aus Österreich-Ungarns Höhe und Niedergang - Eine Lebensschilderung About rise and fall of Austria-Hungary - a life description, Munich, 1921



  • "Moritz Freiherr Auffenberg von Komarów" Austrian Commanders Retrieved 31 July 2012 
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1922 "Auffenberg-Komarow, Moritz, Freiherr von" Encyclopædia Britannica 12th ed London & New York 
Military offices
Preceded by
Franz Xaver von Schönaich
Imperial & Royal Minister for War
Succeeded by
Alexander von Krobatin

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