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Johann von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach
Johann was born 7 September 1858 in Kronstadt, Transylvania.  He was the younger brother of General Karl von Kirchbach. In February 1901, Obst Johann Freiherr von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach was made chief of staff for the XIV. Corps.  He was the successor to Obst Erwin Ritter von Krismanic.  Kirchbach retained this position until November 1906, when he was replaced by Oberleutnant Josef Schneider Edler von Manns-Au.  

At the beginning of the war, FML Johann Kirchbach was in command of the 8. Infantry Division.  He surrendered this to GM Ludwig Fabini in September 1914.  Kirchbach in turn replaced GdI
Blasius Schemua in the command of the II. Corps.  Johann Kirchbach held this position for one year, after which time he was replaced by FML Julis Kaiser. J. H. Verdun's timeline of Kirchbach's career:

     
1875 attended Military College of St. Polten
     
1879 graduated Maria Theresa Academy and made lieutenant in the Feldjagers
     
1885 Oberleutnant
     
1888 Major
     
1891 Instructor of tactics at Maria Theresa Academy
     
1894 Chief of Staff XXV. Inf. Div.
     
1914 Cdr VIII. Inf. Div.
     
1914 Cdr II. Corps
     
1916-1918 Cdr Vienna Garrison

Johann von Kirchbach died in Vienna on 3 October 3 1920.

GWS, 3/02
Orders of Battle:  Podolian Front, August 1914
III. Armee, Gen. d. Kav. Rudolf Ritter von Brudermann
XIV. Korps, Gen. der Infanterrie
Erzherzog Josef Ferdinand
  VIII. inf. div., Feldmlt. J. von Kirchbach


Orders of Battle:  Galician Front, Mid-November 1914
Immediately preceding the battle for Krakau
1. Armee, GdK Viktor Dankl
     II. Korps, FML Johann Freiherr v. Kirchbach auf Lauterbach
          2. kav. div., FML
Emil Ritter v. Ziegler
          25. inf. div., FML
Erzherzog Peter Ferdinand
          4. inf. div., FML
Rudolf v. Stöger-Steiner

From the beginning of November, desperate preparations were being made west of Germany’s territory of Upper Silesia. The main enemy was Russia’s III. Caucasian Corps, which pushed to within a few miles of Upper Silesia.  The II. Corps blocked the most direct route into the industrial heart of Silesia, and the critical coal mines of Tarnowitz and Rybnik were only 10 miles from the fighting.  Furtermore, the three divisions defended a section of the critical Czenstochau-Bendzin railway, which ran parallel to the whole front, and was the most important supply route for the Austrian 1. Army and Army Group Woyrsch.  Peter Ferdinand’s forces were centered on the small town of Wlodowice, and Stöger-Steiner defended Kromotów. By the end of the month, the Russians could battle no closer to Silesia and their focus shifted to Krakau, relieving the Czenstochau sector after a full month of fighting.

GWS, 9/04



Orders of Battle:  Polish Front, January 1915

I. Armee, Gen. d. Kav. Dankl
II. Korps, Feldmarschalleutnant Johann von Kirchbach
  XXV. inf. div., Feldmlt.
Erzherzog Peter Ferdinand
  IV. inf. div., Feldmlt.
Stöger-Steiner von Steinstätten

Orders of Battle:  Eastern Front, May 1915
Immediately preceding the Dunajec offensive
I. Armee, Gen. d. Kav.
Viktor Dankl
   II. Korps, Feldmlt. Johann Frh. v. Kirchbach
   Chief of Staff, Oberst
Gf. Szeptycki
       25. inf. div.,  Feldmlt.
Archduke Peter Ferdinand
          49. inf. brig., Genmj. Edl. v. Severus
          50. inf. brig., Genmj. Ritt. v. Bolberitz
          25. field art. brig., Genmj. v. Jemrich
       4. inf. div.,  Genmj. Anton Bellmond Edl. v. Alderhorst
          8. inf. brig., Oberst Mietzl
          4. field art. brig., Oberst Machaczek
          1. brig. d. poln. Legion: Oberst
Josef Pilsudski

Orders of Battle:  Volhynian Front, September 1915

I. Armee, Feldz. von Puhallo
II. Korps, Gen. d. Inf. J. von Kirchbach
  XXV. inf. div., Genmj. Poleschensky
Oskar Bruch's 1915 lithograph of General Johann von Kirchbach
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