Lt. General, Commander, I. Army Corps
20 February 1915
He was awarded the Pour le Mérite for outstanding leadership and distinguished military planning and succesful operations against the Russian armies in East prussia while attached to the German 8th Army. He was also awarded the Oakleaves in recognition of operations during the Austro-German invasion of Serbia on October 7, 1915. He was awarded the Oakleaves on 27 November 1915.