Köstring, Ernst August, born 20-06-1876 in Moscow, Russia, son of Roland Köster, former diplomat in Paris, he grew up in St Petersburg and was fluent in Russian. He joined the Army on 01-10-1895, age 19, as a volunteer in the Königlich Preußische Armee, with the 1st Pommersches Ulanen-Regiment „von Schmidt“ Nr.4 in Thorn. During the first was he as a Rittmeister was serving in different Staffs and severely wounded in 1916 . Recovered and with the both Iron Crosses he was sent to Turkey as a Military Attaché. He remained in the new Reichswehr after the war and again sent as a Military Attaché, now to Moscow, where he was born. He was retired from the active Army as a Generalmajor, on 31-03-1933, age 56.
From 01-08-1935 he was in active service again, in the growing Wehrmacht as a Military Attaché sent to Russia and Litauen. Promoted to Generalleutnant on 01-08-1937- and on 01-10-1940 as General of the Kavallerie, still in Moscow. At the beginning of Operation Barbarossa he was placed in the Führer Reserve and on 01-09-1942 responsible for Kaukasus question with the Army Group A, under Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Sigmund List.
Köstring again landed in the Reserve in the spring of 1943 and became the Inspector of the Turkish/ German Forces. He was appointed as General of the Volunteer Corpses in the High Command of the OKW . For this command he was awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords on 04-11-1944. In Mai 1945 in was in captivity and released in 1947.
Death and burial ground of Köstring, Ernst August.
Living in Unterwössen, Köstring died at the age of 77, on 20-11-1953 and is buried with his wife Theodora, born von Liebieg, who died age 82 in 1984, on the cemetery of Unterwössen, near the Austrian border, close to the grave of honour of WWII General der Gebirgstruppe, Kommandeur der 30th Infanterie Division , Karl Le Suire and State Secretary, Otto Meissner.