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Artur Edler von Mecenseffy
Artur Edler von Mecenseffy  was born in Vienna on 23 June 1865.  The following timeline summarizes Mecenseffy's military career:

1882  Joined Engineer's Regiment
1885  Promoted to Leutnant
1887  Graduated from the War Academy
1895  Promoted to Hauptmann
1907  Aids Conrad's "Fall U" for the invasion of Hungary following the Constitutional crisis there.
1909  Promoted to Oberstleutnant, head of the Trainsection der Generalstab
1912  Promoted to Generalmajor; cmd. XVIII. Infanteriebrigade
1914  Chief of staff to the II. Armee; later Quartiermeister der IV. Armee
1915  Cmd. 10. Infanterie Division, promoted to Feldmarschalleutnant
1916  Cmd. 6. Infanterie Division
1917  Killed in action


The day after Austria declared war on Serbia, Mecenseffy was appointed General
Böhm-Ermolli's chief of the general staff for the II. Army.   Mecenseffy took charge of assembling this army along the Danube frontier with Serbia as far as the Iron Gate.  However, the pair did not get along, and in late September, Mecenseffy was replaced by Generalmajor Carl Bardolff after the II. Army was transferred to Galicia to meet the Russian onslaught near Lemberg.  Mecenseffy was transferred to the General Moritz von Auffenberg, and placed in charge of supplies for the IV. Army.   This lasted until early January, 1915.

In December 1914, GM Artur Edler von Mecenseffy took control of the 10. Infantry Division and replaced FML Theodor Hordt.  This arrangement lasted to August 1916, when he was succeeded by FML Emil Lischka.  In September, FML Mecenseffy replaced GM Rudolf Müller as commander of the 6. Infantry Division.  Mecenseffy kept this command until October 1917, when he was killed and then succeeded by GM Josef Ritter Schilhawsky von Bahnbrück.

GWS, 1/02 [rev. 8/03]
Situation as of February 1915

In the first week of February 1915, Mecenseffy’s 10. Infantry division performed some valuable flanking assaults for the capture of Gorlice by FML Kestranek’s 12. Division.  Mecenseffy’s division held a sector some 10 km long, which was basically the Gorlice-Bartfeld road.  Positions remained static until a month later, when GdI Arz ordered all of his forces to attack.  All made good advances, including the 10. Division, which advanced 5 km east of the road.  This position was held until the start of the Great spring offensive, which opened only 10 km to the north at Gorlice. [rev. 5/04]


Orders of Battle:  Eastern Front, May 1915

Immediately preceding the Dunajec offensive
IV. Armee, Gen. d. Inf.
Erzherzog Josef Ferdinand
   IX. Korps, Feldmlt.
Kralicek
       10. inf. div., Genmj. v. Mecenseffy
              19. inf. brig., Genmj. v. Iwanski
              20. inf. brig., Genmj. Reymann
              10. field art. brig., Oberst Blaha

Mecenseffy was appointed to command the 10. infantry division in the winter of 1915.  His division were engaged in covering the left flank of the III. Army during the February offensive to relieve the siege of Przemysl and the trapped forces commanded by General Hermann von Kusmanek. In the spring, Mecenseffy's division was situated on the northern left flank of the Dunajec offensive commanded by German General August von Mackensen. Mecenseffy's division played a hard role throughout the summer of 1915, fighting a slow forward advance several hundred miles before resting amidst the fens of the Pinsk marshes.


Orders of Battle:  Volhynian Front, September 1915
Immediately following the summer campaign against Russia
IV. Armee,
Gen. d. Inf. Erzherzog Josef Ferdinand
    IX. Korps, Feldmlt.
Kralicek
         X. inf. div., Feldmlt. von Mecenseffy


Orders of Battle:  Tirol Offensive, 15 May 1916
Army Group Archduke Eugen, GO Archduke Eugen
     Chief of Staff, Feldmlt.
Alfred Krauss
III. Army, GO Hermann v. Kövess
     I. Korps, Gen. d. Kav.
Karl Frh. v. Kirchbach
          10. Inf. Div., Feldmlt. Edler v. Mecenseffy
          34. Inf. Div., Feldmlt. Rudolf Krauss
          43. Schützen Div., Genmj. Tunk
Orders of Battle:  Tirol Front, August 1916
Immediately following Roumania's declaration of war on Austria
XI. Army, Generaloberst Franz Rohr
    Rayon III-Feldmlt.
von Koennen-Korak
    III. Korps, Feldmlt.
von Krautwald
           X. inf. div., Feldmlt. von Mecenseffy

In autumn 1916, Mecenseffy and his 10. infantry division was transferred to the Italian front, wherehe saw extensive fighting in the Vil Sugana sector.   Later, he was transferred to command the 6. Infantry division.

On 6 October 1917, Mecenseffy's car was struck by an Italian shell and he was seriously wounded by shrapnel.  He died while being carried  to the nearest medical station.  Mecenseffy was buried at a military but the body was later exhumed and moved to the family crypt in Vienna.

GWS, 3/02
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