25 January in German History


Birth of Hans Freiherr von Gagern in Kleinniedesheim, Germany. Von Gagern represented the Netherlands during the Congress of Vienna from 1814 to 1815 and was one of the voices strongly favoring the reestablishment of the Holy Roman Empire.


Birth of Paul Bronsart von Schellendorf in Danzig, Germany (now in Poland). Von Schellendorff was the German Minister of War from 1883 – 1889.


Birth of Max Hoffmann (1869-1927) in Homberg an der Efze, Germany. Hoffmann was the developer of the military strategy which Hindenburg and Ludendorff used in the Battle of Tannenberg of 1914 which was the first major German victory on the Eastern Front in World War I. In 1918 he led the offensive against Russia which forced the final peace terms ending Russian participation in World War I.


The Soviet Union declares the end of the state of war with Germany. Hostilities had ceased, actually, in 1945.