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Hans Kundt

Hans Kundt was a German military officer from a family of military officers. He was the primary military figure of Bolivia during the two decades preceding the Chaco War.

Kundt was born in 1869 in Mecklenburg, Germany, and was commissioned in 1888 (1889 Fahnrich). In 1902 he served as captain of the Generalstabs (General Headquarters). He arrived in Bolivia in 1908, as head of a German military training mission. He enjoyed an excellent relationship with the Bolivians and acquired a reputation as a great administrator and troop trainer. In 1911, he began the reorganisation of the Bolivian Army, following the Prussian model.

At the start of the First World War, Kundt returned to Germany. In 1914 he was commander of a regiment on the Eastern Front and achieved the rank of Generalleutnant. He served as chief of staff on the corps level, and as a brigade commander. After the First World War, Kundt retired at the rank of colonel, although he was conferred the rank of general upon retiring.

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