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Autograph of 2. Infantry Corps Commander, Josef von Roth, WW1
W.W.1: Austrian - Hungarian Empire: Autograph of commander of the 2. Infantry Corps, Josef von Roth on a field post card sent to Wien. CoA included.
Feldmarschall Roth started the war in command of the 2. Infantry Division. This was surrendered to Generalmajor Ernst Horsetzky Edler von Hornthal in October 1914. In that month, Roth was appointed to replace the Archduke Josef Ferdinand as commander of the XIV. Corps, after the latter had been dispatched to command the IV. Army.
General Josef von Roth played a key role in turning the Russian tide at the battle of Limanowa on 8 December 1914. For this, he was conferred the honorable predicate of Limanowa by Kaiser Franz Josef.
Roth dutifully served in this capacity until March 1916, when the whole force was disbanded. Almost a year later, the XIV. (Edelweiss) Corps was completely rebuilt under the tutelage of GdK Alois Fürst von Schönburg-Hartenstein. In July 1916, GdI Roth organized his own Korps Roth, which he led until January 1917.
He took control of Defense Command Tirol on 14 March 1916, replacing General Dankl, who took command of of the newly formed XI. Army. The Defense Command Tirol was disbanded on 28 July 1916, and its sector was taken over by the XI. Army. At the time of the formation of a new XIV. Corps in January 1917, GdI Roth redesignated his force as the new XX. Corps, and led them until February 1918. Then, he surrendered its leadership to GdI Franz Kalser Edler von Maasfeld.
Josef Roth von Limanowa-Lapanow died on 9 April 1927.
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