Hugo von Kathen
General of Infantry, Commanding General, XXIII
28 August 1916
He was awarded the Pour le Mérite for outstanding leadership and distinguished military planning and succesful operations during the second battle of Ypers and for distinction during several engagements along the Ypers canal between April 22 - May 25, 1915. On 27 August 1917 he was also awarded the Oakleaves in recognition for his leadership during the German offensive in East Galicia in July of 1917.