Hugo von Kathen
Hugo Karl Gottlieb von Kathen (27 August 1855 – 2 April 1932) was a German
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 infantry general
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 during World War I
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Kathen was born in Freienwalde
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, Farther Pomerania
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 to the Prussian
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 Karl von Kathen (1803–1876), a landowner from Langenhaken
Grądzkie, West Pomeranian Voivodeship
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 in Pomerania
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, and Agnes née Schumann (1825–1895). His family came originally from Stralsund
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 and became Swedish
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 nobility in 1692.

Kathen married Susanne von Dechend (1859–1929), daughter of Reichsbank president
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 Hermann von Dechend
Hermann von Dechend
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 (1814–1890), on 27 September 1884 in Berlin
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Kathen died in Wiesbaden
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, Hesse
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Commands held

  • 2 August - 18 December 1914: military governor of Mainz
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  • 19 December 1914 - 30 July 1918: commanding general of the XXXIII. Reserve corps
  • 31 July - 11 November 1918: commander-in-chief
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     of the 8th army
  • until February 1919: commander of the German troops in Lithuania
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     and Estonia
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  • starting from February 1919: commander of the German troops in Latvia
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