Maximilian von Laffert

Maximilian August Hermann Julius von Laffert (10 May 1855 in Lindau – 20 July 1917 in Frankfurt am Main) was a Saxon officer, later General of Cavalry during World War I. He was a recipient of the Pour le Mérite.

Maximilian von Laffert
Maximilian von Laffert during WWI
Born10 May 1855
Lindau, Kingdom of Bavaria
Died20 July 1917(1917-07-20) (aged 62)
Frankfurt am Main, Kingdom of Prussia
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Years of service1871–1917
RankGeneral of Cavalry
Commands heldKarabinier-Regiment (2. Schweres Regiment)
Königlich Sächsisches Garde-Reiter-Regiment (1. Schweres Regiment)
32. Kavallerie-Brigade (3. Königlich Sächsische)
23. Kavallerie-Brigade (1. Königlich Sächsische)
40. Infanterie-Division (4. Königlich Sächsische)
XIX. (II. Königlich Sächsisches) Armeekorps
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsPour le Mérite

Maximilian von Laffert suffered a heart attack while commanding his troops in France and died later in Frankfurt on 20 July 1917. He is interred at the Nordfriedhof in Dresden.




  • Karl-Friedrich Hildebrand, Christian Zweig: Die Ritter des Ordens Pour le Mérite des I. Weltkriegs Band 2: H-O, Biblio Verlag, Bissendorf 2003, ISBN 3-7648-2516-2, S.285-287