Ferdinand von Quast
General of Infantry, Commanding General, IX. Army Corps
11 August 1916
He was awarded the Pour le Mérite for outstanding leadership and distinguished military planning and succesful operations especially during the battle of Péronne on the southern sector of the western front during the British offensive at the first battle of the Somme. Then 10 April 1918 he was awarded the Oakleaves in recognition for operations during the breakthrough on April 9, 1918, of the enemy lines between La Basée and Warneton.