Berthold von Deimling
Berthold Karl Adolf von Deimling (21 March 1853, Karlsruhe
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, Grand Duchy of Baden
Grand Duchy of Baden
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 – 3 February 1944) was a general officer of the German Army
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 during World War I
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Deimling entered the army in 1871, following the Franco-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
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, and after working on the General Staff
German General Staff
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 and in German South-West Africa
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 rose to command a brigade of infantry in 1907.

On the outbreak of the First World War, Deimling was in command of the XV Corps
XV Corps
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 along the Swiss
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 border and commanded them during the Battle of Mulhouse
Battle of Mulhouse
The Battle of Mulhouse , which began on August 9, 1914, was the opening attack of World War I by the French army against Germany...

. He would later command forces in the Battle of Verdun
Battle of Verdun
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 and the Battle of the Somme.

After the war Deimling became a committed pacifist and a member of the board of directors of the German Peace Society
German Peace Society
The German Peace Society was founded in 1892. It still exists and is known as the Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft - Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen...

 (DFG). He was a member of the German Democratic Party. He died in Baden-Baden
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