Ilsemann, Iwan von, born 13-10-1882 in Lüneburg, son of Carl Georg Hartwig Richard von Ilsemann and Thekla Marie Georgine Julia von Ilsemann, born von Hammerstein-Equord, entered the Army Service on 27-02-1901, age 18, as a Fahnenjunker in the 25th Field Artillery Regiment. He is in the fields of the first war as leader of the 1st Munitions Column with the 1st Battalion of the 25th Field Artillery Regiment. Ilsemann retired on 03-02-1920 and returned in the Service in 1933. He is during the whole war the Military Ambassador in Bern, Switzerland until 01-07-1944 as he landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) to 31-12-1944 as he finally was retired. Ilseman did not sympathize with the Nazis. The Führerreserve (“Officers Reserve”) was set up in 1939 as a pool of temporarily unoccupied high military officers waiting for new assignments in the German Armed Forces during World War II. The various military branches and army groups each had their own pool which they could use as they saw fit. The officers were required to remain at their assigned stations and be available to their superiors, but could not exercise any command function, which was equivalent to a temporary retirement while retaining their previous income. Especially in the second half of the war, more and more politically problematic, troublesome, or militarily incompetent officers were assigned to the Führerreserve.
His brother was Sigurd Wilhelm Adolf Arnold Frank Christoph von Ilsemann a German officer and was best known as the aide-de-camp of the ex-Emperor Wilhelm II who lived in exile in the Netherlands. Ilsemann met his future wife on Amerongen, the Netherlands, Elizabeth countess of Aldenburg Bentinck (1892-1971), daughter of the lord of Amerongen.
He married her in 1920; Ilsemann thus far surpassed his position as his wife belonged to the so-called high nobility and was ebenbürtig to members of reigning royal houses, while he himself belonged to the low, untitled and very recent nobility. Between 1921 and 1929 their three sons
were born; a son of the youngest of the three was incorporated in the Dutch nobility in 1995 and so became the progenitor of the Dutch noble family Von Ilsemann.
On 08-06-1952, at the age of 68, Von Ilsemann committed suicide in the gatehouse of Huis Doorn.
Death and burial ground of Ilsemann, Iwan von.
Never seen the battlefields Ilsemann retired in beautiful Garmisch Partenkirchen, where he at the age of 81 died, on 29-06-1964. He is buried on the Stadtfriedhof of Garmisch, alas he gravestone is removed. Close by the graves of the Generalmajor der Infanterie, Commander of Military Command Halle, Saale, Edgar Grün, General der Artillerie, Kommandeur 16th Armeekorps, Christian Hansen, Generalleutnant der Panzertruppe, Kommandant Festung Pillau, Eduard Hauser, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 121th Infanterie Division, Otto Lancelle , Oberst der Flieger, Organisater of “Zahme Sau “ tatics, Victor von Lossberg, Generalleutnant der Flieger, command of the 12/13 Air Material Group , Theodor Triendl, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur des Flughafen-Bereichs 2/XVII, Wilhelm Voelk, General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftregio Belgium-France, Wilhelm Wimmer and admiral, Reichs Commissioner at the Upper Prize Court in Berlin, Hermann Densch.