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Karl von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach
Karl von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach was born on 20 May 1856 in Gyöngyös, Hungary.  The following timeline summarizes Kirchbach's career:

1875 Promoted to Leutnant
1880 Promoted to Oberleutnant
1887 Promoted to Hauptmann
1893 Promoted to Major
1896 Promoted to Oberstleutnant
1899 Promoted to Oberst
1905 Promoted to Generalmajor
1909 Appointed to command the 1. Cavalry Division
1910 Promoted to Feldmarschalleutnant
1912 Promoted to General d. Kavallerie
1914 Appointed to command the I. Armeekorps
1916 Appointed to command the VII. Armee
1916 Promoted to Generaloberst
1917 Appointed to command the IV. Armee
1917 Appointed to command the III. Armee
1918 Commands Austrian troops in southern Ukraine, Kherson region
1918 Inspector of Austrian troops on the Western Front

Oberleutnant Karl von Kirchbach was assigned to be chief of staff for the III. Corps in April 1899, replacing Obst Karl Ritter von Pfiffer.  He retained this appointment until December 1900, when he was replaced by Obst Friedrich Eckardt-Francesconi von Tiefenfeld.  GdK Karl Kirchbach assumed command of the I. Corps once
Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli was assigned to the II. Army in July 1914. 

Karl Graf von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach began the war with a rank of GdI.  He remained with the I. Corps until 23 May 1915, when the I. Corps was disbanded, soon after the opening of the campaign against Russia.  Kirchbach was then given a temporary command over the I. Army when GdK
Viktor Dankl had left for the Tirol; FZM Paul Puhallo von Brlog was coming in from the III. Army.  Simultaneously, he was in charge of Army Group Kirchbach, which lasted only as long as his command over the I. Army: about three weeks.

General Puhallo was given command of the I. Army on 10 June 1915, and Kirchbach returned to the I. Corps.  Following the virtual destruction of the I. Army by the Lutsk Offensive in June 1916, the I. Corps was reorganised as part of the III. Army of General
Hermann Kövess von Kövessháza, and Kirchbach passed under his authority. 

After this, Kirchbach saw to the reorganisation of the I. Corps in time for the best part of the offensive in June.  He continued to serve in this capacity until September 1916, when he was replaced by FZM
Viktor von Scheuchenstüel. On 8 September 1916, Kirchbach was given command of the VII. Army to replace GdK Karl von Pflanzer-Baltin. He remained there until 20 October 1916, when he swapped control of the VII. Army with GO Hermann Kövess in exchange for the III. Army.  

Kirchbach was promoted to Generaloberst on 1 November 1916.  The III. Army was shifted north from the Moldavian Front to the Bukovina, and was subject to Army Front Böhm-Ermolli.  He maintained this responsibility until 5 March 1917, when Kirchbach was replaced by GO
Karl Tersztyánszky, who was given a second chance with the III. Army.  Kirchbach meantime was transferred to IV. Army, whose command he effectively swapped with Tersztyánszky.  Kirchbach was to lead this army until 15 March 1918, after which time the force was disbanded following the implementation of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Russia.

Karl's younger brother was
Johann Fhr. von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach, who rose to command the II. Corps and later the garrison at Vienna until the end of the war. 

Karl von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach died in 1939 at Scharnstein, Austria.

GWS, 3/02 [rev. 12/02]
Orders of Battle:  Polish Front, August 1914
Immediately preceding the invasion of Poland

I. Armee, General der Kavallerie Viktor Dankl
     I. Korps, Gen. d. Kav. Karl von Kirchbach auf Lauterbach
          V. inf. div., Feldmarschalleutnant
          XLVI. inf. div., Feldmlt. Nastopil
Orders of Battle:  Galician Front, January 1915
Immediately preceding the Battles for the Carpathians

I. Armee, Gen. d. Kav. Dankl
     I. Korps, Gen. d. Kav. von Kirchbach
          V. inf. div., Feldmlt. Habermann
          XLVI. inf. div., Feldmlt. Brandner
Karl Kirchbach poses with his staff in Galicia, 1915.
Orders of Battle:  Eastern Front, May 1915
Immediately preceding the Dunajec offensive
I. Armee, Gen. d. Kav. Viktor Dankl
     I. Korps, Gen. d. Kav. Karl Frh. v. Kirchbach
     Chief of Staff, Oberst Demus
           92. Schützen brig.,  Genmj. Haas
          16. kav. brig.,  Oberst v. Kirsch
       46. Schützen div.,  Genmj.
v. Czapp
             91. Schützen brig.,  Genmj. v. Urbanski
             46. field art. brig., Oberst Exner
       2. KD., Genmj. Ritt. v. Ursyn-Pruszynski
              3. kav. brig., Genmj. Frh. v. Abele
Orders of Battle:  Volhynian Front, September 1915
Immediately following the Summer offensive against Russia

I. Armee, Feldzeugmeister Puhallo von Brlog
     I. Korps, Gen. d. Kav. von Kirchbach
          IX. inf. div., Feldmlt.
von Schenk
          XLVI. Schützen div., Generalmajor
von Czapp
Orders of Battle:  Tirol Front, May 1916
Immediately preceding the Tirol offensive against Italy
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:  Volhynian Front, September 1916
Immediately following Roumania's declaration of war against Austria-Hungary

III. Armee, Generaloberst Kövess von Kövesshaza
     I. Korps, Gen. d. Kav. von Kirchbach
          XXX. inf. div., Genmj. Jesser
          XLII. Honved inf. div., Feldmlt.
          LI. Honved inf. div., Genmj. Foglar
Orders of Battle:  Volhynian Front, November 1916
Immediately following Roumania's defeat by the Quadruple Alliance

Southern Front, Prinz Leopold von Bayern
Böhm-Ermolli Army Group, Generaloberst
von Böhm-Ermolli
III. Armee, Generaloberst von Kirchbach
     VIII. Korps, Feldz.
von Benigni
          V. inf. div., Genmj. von Felix
          II. kav. div., Genmj. von Abele
     XIII. Korps, Feldmlt.
von Csicserics
          XLII. Honved inf. div., Feldmlt.
          XXXVI. inf. div., Genmj. Nöhring
     Hadfy Group, Feldmlt.
von Hadfy
          XXI. Schützen div., Genmj. von Podhajsky
          XLVII. Deutsch res. div., Generalleutnant von Oppeln-Bronikowski
Orders of Battle:  Volhynian Front, July 1917
Immediately preceding Brussilov's second offensive (Kerensky Offensive)

Linsingen Army Group, Gen. d. Kav. von Linsingen
IV. Armee, Generaloberst von Kirchbach
     Luga Group, Gen. d. Inf. Riemann
          CVIII. Deutsch inf. div., ?
          CXXIV. Deutsch inf. div., Genmj. von Rüstow
          XI. K.u.K. inf. div., Genmj. von Metz
     Mittel Group, Generaloberst
          X. Deutsch Landwehr div., Genlt. von Stocken
          XIII. k.k. Schützen div., Feldmlt. von Kasler
          II. K.u.K. inf. div., Genmj. ?
     reinf. VIII. Deutsch Korps, Genlt.von Schöler
          LXXXVI. Deutsch inf. div., Genlt. von Wernitz
          VII. Württembergisch Landwehr inf. div., Genlt. von Wencher
          XXIX. K.u.K. inf. div., Genmj. Steiger
     Kowel Det., Gen. d. Kav.
von Bernhardi
          XLV. Deutsch Landwehr div., Genmj. von Reyher
     II. K.u.K. Korps, Feldmlt.
          CVII. Deutsch inf. div., Genmj. Havenstein
          IV. K.u.K. inf. div., Feldmlt. Pfeffer
     XXII. K.u.K. Korps, Feldmlt. Krauss
          XXVI. Schützen div., Genmj. Klein
          XLV. Schützen div., Genmj. von Stöhr
     Clausius Group, Genlt. von Clausius
          LIII. K.u.K. inf. div., Feldmlt. von Pongracz
          XCI. Deutsch inf. div., Genlt. Clausius
     Hauer kav. Korps, Gen. d. Kav.
von Hauer
          IX. kav. div., Genmj. von le Gay
          I. Deutsch Landwehr div., Gen. d. Inf. von Jacobi
     Reserves:  XCII. Deutsch inf. div., Genlt. Melior
Soldiers celebrate the battle of Sokal with this medal, proclaiming "we stand by Kirchbach in the I. Corps"
Oskar Bruch's lithograph of General Karl Kirchbach auf Lauterbach