Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg
Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg
Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg ca. 1905
Born 23 December 1865
Vienna, Austrian Empire
Died 31 October 1939 (age 73)
Allegiance German Empire Rank Generalfeldmarschall Commands held German 4th Army (1914–1917)
Army Group Albrecht (1917–1918)
Battles/wars World War I
Battle of the Ardennes
Battle of the Yser
Second Battle of Ypres
Awards Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece (1893)
Military Merit Cross (1914)
Pour le Mérite (1915)
Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg or Albrecht Herzog von Württemberg (Albrecht Maria Alexander Philipp Joseph von Württemberg, 23 December 1865 – 31 October 1939) was a German Generalfeldmarschall and head of the Royal House of Württemberg. He was a great-great grandson of Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg.
World War I
At the start of World War I, Duke Albrecht commanded the German 4th Army and led them to victory in the Battle of the Ardennes in August 1914. Following this victory, the 4th Army saw action in the First Battle of the Marne before being transferred to Flanders in October, where Duke Albrecht commanded them during the Battle of the Yser. Duke Albrecht also commanded the German forces during the Second Battle of Ypres, where poison gas was used on a large scale for the first time.
Duke Albrecht was awarded the Pour le Mérite in August 1915 and was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in August 1916. The newly formed Army Group Albrecht was placed under his commanded in February 1917 and he was responsible for the southern sector of the Western Front until the Armistice.
Duke Albrecht had become heir presumptive to the Kingdom of Württemberg following the death of his father in October 1917, but, following the German Empire's World War I defeat and the abdication of his cousin King William II following the German Revolution, he never succeeded to the throne. He became head of the House of Württemberg on the death of William II on October 2, 1921.
- Philipp Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg (1893–1975).
- Duke Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg (born 8 January 1895 in Stuttgart; died 24 June 1954 in Schwäbisch Gmünd), who married Princess Nadejda of Bulgaria (1899–1958), daughter of Tsar Ferdinand I. They had five children.
- Duke Carl Alexander of Württemberg (born 12 March 1896 in Stuttgart; died 27 December 1964 in Altshausen), known as "Father Odo".
- Duchess Maria Amalia of Württemberg (born 15 August 1897 in Gmunden; died 13 August 1923 in Altshausen), briefly engaged to Crown Prince George of Saxony.
- Duchess Maria Theresa of Württemberg (born 16 August 1898 in Stuttgart; died 26 March 1928 in Eibingen).
- Duchess Maria Elisabeth of Württemberg (born 12 September 1899 in Potsdam; died 15 April 1900 in Meran.)
- Duchess Margarita Maria of Württemberg (born 4 January 1902 in Stuttgart; died 22 April 1945 in Altshausen.)
Albrecht, Duke of WürttembergHouse of WürttembergBorn: 23 December 1865 Died: 31 October 1939
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German royalty Preceded by
Heir to the Throne of Württemberg
as heir presumptive
11 October 1917 – 30 November 1918
Titles in pretence Preceded by
— TITULAR —
King of Württemberg
2 October 1921 – 31 October 1939
Reason for succession failure:
Kingdom abolished in 1918
Duke Philipp Albrecht
1921–1939Duke Albrecht 1939–1975 1975–presentSee also House of Württemberg 1st generation 2nd generation 3rd generation 4th generationEberhard · Louis III, Duke of Württemberg · Maximilian · Ulrich · John Frederick, Duke of Württemberg · Georg Frederick · Ludwig Frederick · Joachim Frederick · Julius Frederick · Philipp Frederick · Frederick Achilles, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt · Magnus · August 5th generation 6th generationJohn Frederick · Louis Frederick · Christian Eberhard · Eberhard · William Louis, Duke of Württemberg · Karl Christof · Frederick Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Winnental · Karl Maximilian · George Frederick · Albrecht Christian · Louis · Joachim Ernst · Philipp Siegmund · Karl Ferdinand · John Frederick · Eberhard · Emanuel Eberhard · Frederick Augustus, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt · Ulrich · Eberhard · Albrecht · Ferdinand Willem, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt · Anton Ulrich · Christoph · Carl Rudolf, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt 7th generation 8th generation 9th generation 10th generation 11th generation 12th generation 13th generation 14th generationFerdinand Eugen · Eugen Eberhard · Alexander Eugen · Ludwig Albrecht · Carl, Duke of Württemberg 15th generationFriedrich · Eberhard · Phillipp · Michael 16th generationWilhelm · Carl Theodor
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