Max von Boehn was born on 16 August 1850 in Bromberg, Prussia (now Bydogoszcz, Poland) to a Pomeranian noble family, and he joined the Prussian Army in 1867. Boehn served in the Franco-Prussian War and served in the general staff in the decades following the war, becoming a General der Infanterie in 1909. In August 1914, he led a corps of the Imperial German Army in Belgium after the start of World War I, and Von Boehn led his corps at Verdun, the Somme, and other major battles in France. In 1918, he was promoted to Colonel-General in time for the Spring Offensive, and he ended the war in command of an army group between the Oise and Somme rivers. On 27 January 1919, he was decommissioned from the army, and he died in Sommerfeld Castle, Weimar Republic in 1921.