Bernhard von Poten: Military officer, Soldier, Writer, Officer, Non-fiction writer (1828 - 1910) | Biography, Facts, Information, Career, Wiki, Life
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Bernhard von Poten

Bernhard von Poten

Bernhard von Poten
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Was Military officer Soldier Writer Officer Non-fiction writer
From Germany
Field Literature Military
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1828, Celle, Celle, Lüneburg, Province of Hanover
Death 1 January 1910, Berlin, Germany (aged 82 years)
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Karl Georg Heinrich Bernhard von Poten (8 August 1828 – 22 November 1909), known as Bernhard von Poten, was a royal Prussia colonel best known for his military writing.

Family and Life

Poten was born in Celle into a bourgeois family of officers from Kurhannover. His parents were the Hannoversche Major Georg Poten (1799-1882) and Juliane Dorothea Kannengießer (1804-1841). His uncle Friedrich Poten (1779-1845), Hanoverian lieutenant colonel, was made hereditary baron in 1827 by Grand Duke Ludwig I of Baden. His nephew continued the baronial lineage. In 1861, Poten married Anna Sophie Elisabeth Behncke (1837-1905) in Celle. They had a son Heinrich Georg Wilhelm Alexander von Poten (1863-1920) also a Prussian major general and commander of the Cuirassiers in Brandenburg. Poten died in Berlin on 22 November 1909.


Berhard von Poten served from 1847 to 1866 in the Hanover Military services. In 1847, he was a Second Lieutenant, and was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1854 and in 1863 to Captain. As such, he belonged to the Hanoverian Queens Hussar Regiment. In 1867, Poten was squadron leader in Hussar Regiment no. 4. His promotion to Major came in 1870. Between 1871 and 1874, he was on the staff of the regiment and 1874-1884 adjutant at the General Inspectorate of the military education and training system. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1875, and then to Colonel in 1878.


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