King of Württemberg
Reign 2 October 1921 – 31 October 193
Predecessor Willhelm II
Successor Philipp
Spouse Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria
(m. 1893; d. 1902)
Philipp Albrecht, King of Württemberg
Duke Albrecht Eugen
Duke Carl Alexander
Duchess Maria Amalia
Duchess Maria Theresa
Duchess Maria Elisabeth of Württemberg
Duchess Margarita Maria
House House of Württemberg
Father Duke Philipp of Württemberg
Mother Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria
Born 23 December 1865
Vienna, Austria Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg
Died 31 October 1939 (aged 73)
Altshausen, Württemberg, Germany Flag of German Reich (1933–1935).svg
Religion Roman Catholic

Albrecht (German: Albrecht Maria Alexander Philipp Joseph; 23 December 1865 – 31 October 1939) was a German military commander of the World War, and King of Württemberg from 2 October 1921 until his death in 1939.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Albrecht was born in Vienna as the eldest child of Duke Philipp of Württemberg and his wife Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, daughter of Archduke Albert, Duke of Teschen. Albrecht entered the armies of the Kingdom of Württemberg and the German Empire in 1883, rose quickly through its ranks and became the heir apparent to the throne of Württemberg.

In 1910, Albrecht attended the funeral of King Edward VII. He was a second cousin once removed of Mary of Teck who was the Queen consort of George V.

World War[edit | edit source]

When the World War began, Albrecht's VI Inspectorate Corps was formed into the 4th Army, 123 battalions strong. As King William II had no sons, Albrecht was appointed the army's commander and assigned to the Ardennes, with Walther von Lüttwitz serving as his Chief of Staff. This army he led to victory alongside Crown Prince Wilhelm's 5th Army at the Battle of the Ardennes in August 1914. Following that victory, the 4th Army saw action in the First Battle of the Marne before being transferred to Flanders in October, where Albrecht commanded them during the Battle of the Yser. Albrecht also commanded the German forces during the Second Battle of Ypres, where poison gas was used on a large scale for the first time.

Albrecht was awarded the Pour le Mérite in August 1915 and promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in August 1916. The new Army Group Albrecht was placed under his command in February 1917 and he was responsible for the southern sector of the Western Front until the Armistice.

King of Württemberg[edit | edit source]

Albrecht had become heir presumptive to the Kingdom of Württemberg following the death of his father in October 1917 he succeeded to the throne after the death of of his cousin King Willhelm II on 2 October 1921.

Family[edit | edit source]

Albrecht was married in Vienna on 24 January 1893 to Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria, a daughter of Archduke Carl Ludwig. They had seven children:

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit | edit source]

Titles and styles[edit | edit source]

  • 23 December 1865 – 2 October 1921: His Royal Highness Duke Albrecht of Württemberg
  • 2 October 1921 – 31 October 1939: His Majesty The King of Württemberg

Honors[edit | edit source]

Albrecht of Württemberg
Born: 23 December 1865 Died: 31 October 1939
German royalty
Preceded by
Wilhelm II
King of Württemberg
Succeeded by
Philipp Albrecht
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