Pursuit of an 'Unparalleled Opportunity'
The American YMCA and Prisoner of War Diplomacy among the Central Power Nations
during World War I, 1914-1923.
by Kenneth Steuer


German Army Corps

Germany Army Corps

Based in Berlin, in the province of Brandenburg, the Prussian Army created the Garde Corps to protect the life of Prussian kings.  In August 1914, Infantry General Karl Freiherr von Plettenburg commanded the Garde Army Corps, which consisted of the 1st Garde Infantry Division and the 2nd Garde Infantry Division.  Under the Schlieffen Plan, the Garde Army Corps was assigned to the 2nd Army and advanced through Belgium at the beginning of the conflict.  Although the Garde Army Corps was not responsible for a military district in the German Empire, the corps command operated prisoner of war camps in Brandenburg.  By October 1918, Lieutenant General von Ammon served as the Inspector General for the Garde Army Corps and supervised these facilities.

The London Times, The Times History of the War: The Battlefield of Europe, New York, NY: Woodward and Van Slyke, 1915, 86-87.