Benignus von safferling

Benignus Ritter[1] von Safferling (November 30, 1825 – September 4, 1895) was a Bavarian General der Infanterie[2] and War Minister under Otto of Bavaria.


Von Safferling was born in Freising. When he was eight years old, he went with his father, a soldier of King Otto to Greece. In 1835, his father was killed in action in Argos, when he was commander of an uhlan regiment. Von Safferling joined the cadets corps at Aegina shortly afterwards. In the rank of a Korporal he was transferred to the 2nd Infantry Regiment in Greece. In 1843, when the Bavarians had to leave the country, he was acquired by the Bavarian army, where he was advanced to Unterleutnant in 1945, in 1849 to Oberleutnant and in 1859 to Hauptmann. He took part in the Austro-Prussian War 1866, and served as a Major in the general staff in the 1st Royal Bavarian Division under General Stephan during the Franco-Prussian War. After the war he stood in France as Bavarian military representative at the Oberkommando of the occupation army until 1872. Back in Bavaria, he became commander of the training troops, which had to teach Prussian parade rules in the Bavarian forces. In 1874, he became Oberstleutnant and commander of the Infantry Regiment "King", two years later he became Oberst. In the rank of Major General he was transferred to Metz, where he served as commander of the Bavarian occupation brigade. In 1886 he became Lieutenant General and president of the General Auditorium, in the following year he became adjutant general and commander of the 2nd Royal Bavarian Division. On May 5, 1890 he took office as war minister. In the same year he was advanced to the rank General der Infanterie on September 20, and was awarded honorary citizen of Regensburg.[3][4] Ritter von Safferling was retired at his own request on June 5, 1893. He died in Partenkirchen,[5] and is buried at the Alter Nördlicher Friedhof in Munich.[6]


References and notes

Government offices
Preceded by
Adolf Ritter von Heinleth
Ministers of War (Bavaria)
1890 – 1893
Succeeded by
Adolph Freiherr von Asch zu Asch auf Oberndorff

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