Georg Ludwig von Trapp

Born Apr 4, 1880
Died May 30, 1947

Korvettenkapitän Georg Ludwig, Ritter von Trapp, known as Baron von Trapp, was an Austro-Hungarian Navy officer. His exploits at sea during World War I earned him numerous decorations, including the prestigious Military Order of Maria Theresa. The story of his family served as the inspiration for the musical The Sound of Music.… Read More

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  • August Ritter von Trapp
    August Ritter von Trapp
    Father, d.1884
  • Hedwig Wepler
    Hedwig Wepler



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1880 Birth Born on April 4, 1880.
1884 4 Years Old August Ritter von Trapp died in 1884, when Georg was four. … Read More


1894 14 Years Old In 1894, von Trapp followed in his father's footsteps and entered the Austro-Hungarian Navy, entering the naval academy at Fiume (Rijeka). … Read More


1900 20 Years Old In 1900 he was assigned to the armored cruiser Kaiserin und Königin Maria Theresia and was decorated for his performance during the Boxer Rebellion.
1902 22 Years Old In 1902 he passed the officer's examination.
1908 28 Years Old He was fascinated by submarines, and in 1908 he seized the opportunity to be transferred to the newly-formed U-boot-Waffe.


1910 30 Years Old In 1910 he was given command of the newly-constructed U-6, which was christened by Agathe Whitehead, granddaughter of the Englishman Robert Whitehead, inventor of the torpedo.
1913 33 Years Old He commanded U-6 until 1913.
His brother, Werner von Trapp, died in World War I in 1915.
1918 38 Years Old He conducted ten more war patrols, until, in May 1918, he was promoted to Korvettenkapitän (equal to Lieutenant Commander) and given command of the submarine base in the Gulf of Kotor. … Read More


1926 46 Years Old …  About 1926 Maria Franziska was recovering from an illness and was unable to attend school, so von Trapp hired Maria Augusta Kutschera, from the nearby Nonnberg Abbey, as a tutor.
1927 47 Years Old Von Trapp, 47, married Maria, 22, on November 26, 1927. … Read More


1935 55 Years Old In 1935, von Trapp's money, inherited from his first wife, was invested in a bank in England. … Read More
1936 56 Years Old According to Maria von Trapp's memoirs, Captain von Trapp found himself in an awkward situation in 1936. … Read More


1942 62 Years Old …  They purchased a farm in 1942 and converted it into the Trapp Family Lodge. … Read More
1947 67 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1947, Major General Harry J. Collins turned to the von Trapp family in the USA pleading for help for the Austrian people, having seen the residents of Salzburg suffer when he had arrived there with the famed 42nd Rainbow Division after World War II. … Read More
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