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Max Hoffmann
Birth name Carl Adolf Maximilian Hoffmann
Born (1869-01-25)25 January 1869
Homberg (Efze), Upper Hesse,
Grand Duchy of Hesse, North German Confederation
Died 8 July 1927(1927-07-08) (aged 58)
Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Weimar Republic
Allegiance  German Empire
Service/branch Imperial German Army
Years of service 1887–1918
Rank Generalmajor
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Pour le Mérite
Iron Cross First class

Carl Adolf Maximilian Hoffmann (25 January 1869 – 8 July 1927) was a German military strategist. As a staff officer at the beginning of World War I, he was Deputy Chief of Staff of the 8th Army, soon promoted Chief of Staff. Hoffmann, along with Hindenburg and Ludendorff, masterminded the devastating defeat of the Russian armies at Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes. He then held the position of Chief of Staff of the Eastern Front. At the end of 1917, he negotiated with Russia to sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.

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